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THE GRAND CHAPTER
BIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION,
THE TOWN OF PRESCOTT, 0. W., ON THE SECOND TUESDAY
Tfir 8th Day of Augwt § A. L., 5865, A. ])., 18G5.
Ordered to be read in all the Chapters and preserved.
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THOMAS DOUGLAS HARINGTON, OTTAWA, GRAND Z.
THOMAS BIRD HARRIS, HAMILTON, GRAND SORTRE E.
PRINTED AT THE -SPECTATOR" OFFTCE, PRINCES SQUARE
§m\\b Chapter of Canak
At the Eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter
of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, held in the Masonic
Hall, at the Town of Prescott, on Tuesday the 8th day
of August, A.L., 5865, A.D., 1865.
M.E. Com] >. T. Douglas Ilarington, Grand Z. 1 p ,
B. " Samuel D. Fowler, as " H. I ,, ..
c : T f Council.
Chas. D. Macdonnell,
On the Throne.
Thomas Bird Harris, Grand Scribe E.
Isaac H. Stearns, "
L. II. Henderson, as "
Thomas McCraken, "
Henry Dumble, "
Henry A. Sims, as "
John Clarke, as "
Joseph J. Curran, as "
A. G. Smyth, as "
A. S. Kirkpatrick,as "
Wm. M. Jamieson, "
Stanis. H. Blondheim, "
and as "
John W. Murton,
George M. Wilkinson, as
1st As't Sojourner
2nd " "
Dir. of Ceremon's.
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R. E. Comp. James Seymour, Hamilton District.
" " " Edward J. Barker, Central
" " " Thomas Milton, Montreal
PAST GRAND OFFICERS.
M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, P. G. Z.
" " « John C. Franck, P. G. Z.
R. " « S. D. Fowler, P. G. H.
u " « Col. W. J. B. McLeod Moore, P. G. H.
" " " Win. B. Simpson, P. G. J.
V. " " Manuel Northrop, P. G. S. B.
" " " George En Earl, P. G. S.
A constitutional number of Chapters being represented,
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was
opened in Jwtgltf form.
The Grand Scribe E. having examined the Register,
reported the following Representatives from regular
chartered Chapters, present, and entitled to take part in
the business of Grand Chapter, viz :
No. 1. ANCIENT FRONTENAC, KINGSTON.
R. E. Comp. S. D. Fowler, Z. and P.G.H.
" " Alex. S. Kirkpatrick, H.
«? " Geo. M. Wilkinson, J.
" « " W. B. Simpson, P.Z. and P.G.H.
" " " C. D. Macdonnell, " and G.J.
No. 2. THE HIRAM, HAMILTON.
E. Comp. Joseph J. Curran, H.
R. " « Thomas B. Harris, P.Z. and G.S.E.
No. 5. st. george's, london.
M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, Z. and P.G.Z.
" " A. G. Smyth, P.H.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 301
No. 6. st. john's, Hamilton.
V.E. Coin]). John TV. Murton, Z. and G. Steward.
R. " " Thos. B. Harris, P.Z. and G.S.E.
" " " Thos. McCraken, P.Z. and G. Treas.
No. 7. MORI A, BELLEVILLE.
R. E. Comp. L. H. Henderson, P.Z.,P.G.R., (proxy.)
No. 8. king Solomon's, Toronto.
V. E. Comp. George En Earl, (proxy), P.G. Steward.
No. 12. CATARAQUI, KINGSTON.
R. E. Comp. E. J. Barker, P.Z. and G. Sup.
" « " Henry Durable, P.Z. and G.R.
V. " " Stanislaus H. Blondheira, P.H. and G.P.
R. " " C. D. Macdonnell, G.J.
No. 13. STADACONA, QUEBEC.
M. E. Comp. T. Douglas Harington, G.Z.
No. 15. WAWANOSH, SARNIA.
Y.E. Comp. Win. M. Jamieson, Z. and G. O.
No. 16. CARLETON, OTTAWA.
E. Comp. Henry A. Sims, H.
" R. Leslie.
R. " « W. J. B. McLeod Moore, P.Z. and P.G.H.
No. 18. OXFORD, WOODSTOCK.
R. E. Comp. Thos. B. Harris, (proxy.)
No. 19. MOUNT MORIAH, ST. CATHARINES.
R.E. Comp. James Seymour, P.Z. and G. Sup. (proxy.)
No. 20. MOUNT HOREB, BRANTFOED.
R.E. Comp. Thomas B. Harris, (proxy.)
No. 21. CARNARVON, MONTREAL.
E. Comp. Isaac H. Stearns, J.
M. " " J. C. Franck, P.G.Z.
Y. " " A n cms Grant, G. Steward.
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No. 22. GRENVILLE, PRESCOTT.
V. E. Comp. Manuel Northrop, P.Z. and P.G. Steward.
" " K. Waugh, J.
" A. G. Macdonnell.
" John Montgomery.
No. 23. EZRA, SIMCOE.
E. Comp. John Clarke, Z.
No. 25. MOUNT HOREB, MONTREAL.
R. E. Comp. Thomas Milton, Z. and Gr. Super.
On motion it was resolved —
That the report of the G. S. E. on representatives be
received and adopted.
The M. E. Z. granted leave for the admission of all Royal
Arch Masons in good standing.
It was moved by R. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, seconded
by E. Comp. I. H. Stearns, and resolved —
That inasmuch as the proceedings at the regular Convo-
cation of Grand Chapter, held at the City of Quebec, on the
9th day of August, A. D., 1864, have been printed, and
copies thereof forwarded to the subordinate Chapters, the
minutes of the said Convocation be considered as read, and
the same be now confirmed.
The M. E. Z. read the following address to the assembled
To the Most Excellent the Grand Chapter of
Royal Arch Masons of Canada.
I open our Eighth Annual Convocation in accordance with
custom, chiefly for the purpose of expressing the pleasure I
feel in again greeting you in Grand Chapter assembled, for
EIGIITH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRE8COTT, 1865. 303
really and truly niy official duties have been so light during the
past year, as almost to render unnecessary any formal Address.
Some familiar and respected faces are missing, — Some true
Members of our Order have succumbed to our inevitable destiny
since last we met ; but we, who have been spared for further
usefulness let us hope, have the privilege and comfort of believing
that their end was peaceful, that their summons was obeyed
with calmness and fortitude, and that they have departed, in all
faith, for that home of" Light," which, the Volume of the Sacred
Law reveals ; " has, no need of the Sun, neither of the Moon to
shine in it, for the Glory of God lightens it,"— that G.A.O.T.U.
to whom our earnest thanks and praises are due, for the many
blessings He has vouchsafed to us.
Though not connected with our order, I think this a proper and
appropriate place, and deem it my duty to announce to you the
lamented decease of the Honorable Sir Etienne Paschal Tache,
lately the honored and respected Premier of our common country.
All must feel this loss to Canada of a very old and valuable
public man, and a gentleman of sterling truth and integrity. He
died full of years and deserved honors, and at peace with his
Maker and his fellow men.
I have reason to believe that our subordinate Chapters are
prospering, and working in harmony. I have granted a
Dispensation for a new Chapter, called " St. Mark's," to be holden
at Trenton, the petition for which came to me properly
recommended, and I commend its confirmation by Warrant of
Grand Chapter. The Grand Superintendents will furnish all
necessary details of the progress of the Royal Art in their
I am happy to say that I know of no existing differences with
any one of our Sister Grand Bodies — all their proceedings received,
and in the keeping of the Grand Scribe E., evince the most
kindly feeling, — a feeling which is warmly reciprocated. — I wish
I could thus early present you a Report on Foreign Correspon-
dence, but I fear that the talent and industry of our excellent
companion Seymour, to whose care I wished to entrust this work|
are at present lost to us. I am sure Grand Chapter will unite
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with ine in expressing our sincere regret, that the health and
strength of one, who has never spared himself when work was to
be performed, has been sadly shaken.
I have, as I did last year, granted several Dispensations,
sanctioning special elections of Principals, having been first
convinced of the necessity of according to the several applica-
tions, in order to enable the Chapters to continue working, and
for the promotion of their internal harmony and well-being.
Your Treasurer and Grand Scribe E., will as usual afford you
full financial information. I believe there are no particular claims
to be met, and am happy again to report the payment of a portion
of the arrears of salary due to that very painstaking and excellent
officer, Companion Thos. B. Harris. And here I may mention
the narrow escape from destruction by fire of Grand Chapter
Kecords, &c, but fortunately the actual damage done was trifling,
though the Grand Scribe E. states that they look prematurely
ancient. He suggests the purchase of a safe for the proper
keeping of valuable papers, and I submit his very proper
suggestion to you for consideration.
In accordance with the Resolution of Grand Chapter, adopted
at our last Annual Convocation, that really important work, the
revision of the Constitution, has been effected, and the proposed
alterations have been printed and forwarded to each Chapter.
Much care was taken to render it complete by your Committee,
and no longer dependent upon Craft-Masonry, and their Report
now awaits your decision.
I have, under your authority, decided upon the form of a
Certificate for the intermediate degrees of Mark-Master, Past-
Master, and Most Excellent Master, and it is in the hands of
Right Excellent Companion Stevenson, your respected Grand
H. for completion.
I have no other special business to which to invite your
consideration, and will only further occupy your time by alluding
to two subjects of congratulation.
The first is the birth of a second son to their R. H. the
Prince and Princess of Wales, affording more happiness to our
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 1865. 305
Queen, and beloving subjects, of whom it is our pride to form
a portion. I am sure you will, with me again wish continuous
felicity to the Illustrious Parents and unite with heart and voice
in the National Prayer, " God Save our Queen."
My second subject of congratulation is the restoration of peace
in the United States, and a return to friendly relations, so long
interrupted, between all our Brethren and Companions, citizens
of that powerful and important Republic. In all the proceedings
I have had the pleasure of studying, there is a general expression
of satisfaction amongst Freemasons at the changed condition of
affairs, and let us hope now, that the demon of discord and civil
war, the worst of scourges, will be banished, and 11 nl nun w
look their fellow men in the face as they should do, without
wishing to take from each other, what they never did or could
give life and light.
In conclusion, I beg sincerely to thank the several Grand
Superintendents, and Officers of Grand Chapter for their services
and valuable aid to me, thereby making matters work altogether
in harmony, and may the blessings of God be upon us and our
common country ! — So mote it be !
T. DOUGLAS HARINGTON,
Prescott, 8th August, 1865.
It was moved by R. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, seconded
by R. E. Comp. L. H. Henderson, and resolved—
That the address of the M. E. Z. be referred to the
• following special Committee, viz:— R E. Comps. E. J.
Barker, and James Seymour, and E. Comp. John Clarke,
to report thereon at an early hour.
The Grand Scribe E. read a letter he had received from
R. E. Comp. A. A. Stevenson, expressing regret for his
unavoidable absence from this Convocation of Grand
306 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
The following reports of the Grand Superintendents of
Districts were read, viz : —
To the M. E, the Grand Council, Officers and Companions of the
Grand Royal Chapter of Canada :
As Grand Superintendent of the London District, and in
accordance with the Constitutional requirement, I have pleasure
in submitting a brief report on the condition of Royal Arch
Masonry within my District.
The Chapters in the District are, in number, the same as
reported last year, namely, three. I went to Sarnia on the 13th
January last, with the intention of visiting the "Wawanosh "
Chapter, No. 15 ; but on my arrival there I ascertained that a
Chapter could not be opened for the reason that all the Principals
were from home, and the notice I had previously sent of my
contemplated visit, had not been received. I have, however, had
an opportunity of conversing with V. E. Comp. W. M. Jamiesou,
the First Principal Z. of said Chapter, and it has enabled me to
state that the " Wawanosh " Chapter is progressing most satis-
" St. George's" Chapter, No. 5, London, under the management
of that enthusiastic and warm-heart Mason, M. E. Comp.
Thompson Wilson, is in a flourishing condition, as likewise is
" Tecumseh " Chapter, No. 24, over which I have the honor to
The members of these Chapters have no other feeling than
that of pride in striving who can best work, and best agree.
All which is respectfully submitted.
Grand Sup., London District
To the Most Excellent the Grand Council, Officers and Companions
of the Grand Royal Chapter of Canada :
Pursuant to the requirements of the Constitution, I beg
leave to submit my report, as Grand Superintendent of the
Hamilton District, on the condition of Capitular Masonry therein
during the year now about to expire. In that period nothing
of special moment has transpired to mar the harmony and steady
onward progress recorded in times past. The three Chapters
comprising the District have pursued the even tenor of their
way, faithfully discharging their duties, and laboring with
commendable zeal to build up that moral edifice, the perfection
of which is the strength and glory of the Royal Art.
Indifferent health has prevented me from visiting the Hamilton
Chapters as frequently as I would like to have done ; but this
has happily been rendered of little consequence, through the
ability and attention to duty of the Officers governing them.
With the view of completing their furniture, they have
procured a very handsome set of Tribular Banners, richly
embroidered on silk, which, not only beautify and adorn their
chastely fitted-up Chapter-Room, but also renders their work
more impressive in the historical lecture. When they add the
Standard and Division Banners, which they contemplate doing
in the same style at an early day, these Chapters will be able
to boast of possessing the most thorough outfit of any in Canada
It is with deep regret that I record the death of R. E. Comp.
Wm. Bellhouse, for years an active member of this Grand
Chapter, and a zealous, worthy Mason, whose loss is deplored
by all who enjoyed the pleasure of his acquaintance. —
Always ready to do his duty in whatever sphere he might be
called upon to act, generous and sympathetic in his nature, many
will miss the genial warmth of his friendly greeting at our
assemblages, and drop a heart-felt tear to keep his memory in
The project of establishing a new Chapter at Grimsby, to
which I referred in my last Report, has not yet been matured,
308 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
owing to circumstances not necessary to be stated here ; but I
trust that ere another year rolls round, the Companions there
will be enabled to evercome these hindrances, and complete their
All which is respectfully submitted.
G. Supt.j H. D.
1st August, A.L., 2395.
To the Most Excellent the Grand Council, Officers and Companions
of the Grand Royal Chapter of Canada :
The year of office to which I was appointed, that of
G. Supt. of R. A. M., for the Central District, has passed off
with little incident that requires report. I have not done much
while filling this office, but I have been asked to do several things
which I was compelled to decline, not having the power to perform
them. The "Carleton" Chapter, of Ottawa, asked me to grant a
Dispensation to allow a Companion who was not an Installed
Master of a Symbolic Lodge, to take one of the Chairs. I was asked
by the " Grenville" Chapter, to grant a Dispensation to allow a
Companion who had not taken the Third Chair to be installed
into the Second Chair, and I was asked to grant a Dispensation
to certain Companions residing in and about Trenton, to form a
Chapter of R. A. Masons in this Town. The former two
applications I referred to the Most Excellent Z., the third I sent
to the Right Excellent Scribe E., of the results I have not been
During my year of office, I visited the " Ancient Frontenac "
Chapter, at Kingston, and inspected its work, and I also visited
the " Cataraqui " Chapter, in the same city, inspected the work,
and installed the Officers elect. I was greatly pleased with the
working of both Chapters, particularly with that of the "Ancient
Frontenac " Chapter, which I highly commend.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 309
Had ray private avocations permitted, I would have visited
the more distant Chapters in my District, but this I found
incompatible with the daily duties of my business. The travel-
ling expenses of a Grand Superintendent of It. A. Masonry are also
sufficiently large to prevent any but a rich man to visit all the
Chapters under his charge, I humbly submit to the consideration
of Grand Chapter, the propriety of their travelling expenses
being defrayed, either from the funds of Grand Chapter, or made
up from the fund of the Chapter which the Grand Superintendent
may visit. Unable to visit the town of Belleville, there to instal
the First Principal and other officers of the "Moira" Chapter, the
First Principal elect, Rt. Ex. Companion M. Crombie, came
purposely to Kingston, and I duly installed him First Principal
Z. at a special council of First Principals,
A case of severe distress has recently occurred in Kingston.
Ex. Companion Past 1st Principal Milo, a long and highly
valued Mason, has had the misfortune to be burnt out, (for the
sixth time,) and has lost heavily in House, Furniture, and
Clothing. Owing to age and the competition of younger men in
his trade of a painter, he is in very reduced circumstances. He
is a worthy good man and deserving of assistance from the Craft
at large. In bringing his case before Grand Chapter, I do it
under the hope that some means may be devised by which
material assistance in his old age may be given to him.
All of which is humbly submitted.
EDW. J. BARKER,
Grand Supt., C. D.
To the Most Excellent the Grand Council & Companions of the
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Canada :
In accordance with the constitutional rule of Grand Chapter,
I beg to submit a brief report of the state of Royal Arch Masonry
in this District.
The District of Montreal contains within its limits, but two
Royal Arch Chapters which acknowledge the jurisdiction of the
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Grand Chapter of Canada, namely, the "Carnarvon" Chapter,No.
21, presided over by the Grand H., R. E. Comp. A. A. Stevenson,
and the " Mount Horeb " Chapter, No. 25, of which I have the
honor to be First Principal. Of the "Carnarvon" Chapter, I
consider it would be out of place for me to make any remarks,
unless to say that it is in excellent working order, and prospering*
as all institutions must prosper when under such good government.
The "Mount Horeb " Chapter has been in existence only about
eighteen months, and if it has advanced slowly compared to other
Chapters, it has advanced steadily and surely, and is now in a
prosperous and good working condition. The election of Officers
of this Chapter is appointed for the second Wednesday in April,
some time previous to the last election of officers, I was requested
by a number of the Members to petition the Most Excellent
Grand Z., to grant them permission to elect to the office of second
Principal H. a Companion who had not served the office of third
Principal J., which permission the Most Excellent Z. was pleased
to grant, together with a Dispensation empowering me to instal
said Companion, if elected. The Companion was elected by an
almost unanimous vote of the Chapter, was duly installed and I
am happy to say that the Chapter is greatly benefited by the
I am requested by the members of "Mount Horeb" Chapter, to
express in Grand Chapter, their gratitude to R.E. Companion A.
A. Stevenson, E. Companion I. H. Stearns, and other members
of "Carnarvon" Chapter for instruction and assistance rendered by
them to "Mount Horeb" Chapter while it was in its infancy, and to
assure them that their perfect working, fraternal bearing, and
praiseworthy conduct in endeavoring to teach the work adopted
by the Grand Chapter of Canada, has given a healthy tone to
the working of the Chapter, and shall continue to be carefully
All which is most respectfully submitted,
Montreal, 7th August, 1865.
EIGIITII ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 311
EASTERN TOWNSHIPS' DISTRICT.
To the Most Excellent Grand Council, Officers and Companions
of the Grand Chapter of Canada :
In accordance with the requirements of the Grand Chapter,
I have the honor of submitting* my report on the condition of
Royal Arch Masonry in the Eastern Townships' District.
The number of Chapters continues nominally three.
•'Golden Rule" still follows the same work as previously
reported, continues to prosper, but does not show the same marked
improvement this year that I had the honor to mention in my
•• Bedford District" has had no convocation, I believe, for more
than three years, and never has conferred the Royal Arch
" Dorchester" is in a flourishing condition, adding slowly, but
steadily to its numbers, and exercising great care in the ballot.
1 regret to report the death of one of its members, my brother
Edward Robinson, who died Nov. 4th, 1864, and was buried
with Masonic honors, by " Shefford " Lodge.
The whole respectfully submitted,
H. L. ROBINSON,
Grand Sup., E. T. D.
Waterloo, C. E., 31st July, 1S65.
It was moved by K.E. Comp. James Seymour, seconded
by E. Comp. George M. Wilkinson, and resolved —
That the reports of the Grand Superintendents be received
and referred to the following special Committee for
consideration, viz: — R E. Comps. S. D. Fowler and
L. II. Henderson, and E. Comp. I. IE Stearns.
It was ordered that the reports of Grand Superintendents
[of such Districts not yet received be printed with the
312 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
It was moved by R.E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, seconded
by R.E. Comp. E. J. Barker, and resolved —
That the following named Companions be a Special
Committee on Audit and Finance, viz : — E. Comp. H. A.
Sims, R. E. Comp. Thomas Milton and E. Comp. George
The Grand Scribe E. submitted and read the following
Annual Statements, as also those of the Grand Treasurer,
which were received and referred to the Special Committee
on Audit and Finance.
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BALANCES IN LEDGER
NAME OF CHAPTER.
Ancient Frontenac, Kingston .
The Hiram, Hamilton
St. Andrew's, Toronto
St. George's, London
St. John's, Hamilton
King Solomon's, Toronto
Golden Rule, Stanstead
Dedford District, Dunham
Mount Moriah, St. Catharines .
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DATE OF LAST RETURN.
31st January, 1864.
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1 2 9th July,
K.E. Comp. James Seymour, Chairman of Committee,
informed Grand Chapter that a report on Foreign Corres-
pondence was being prepared and would be ready in
time to be printed with the proceedings of Grand Chapter.
It was moved by R. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, seconded
by M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, and resolved —
That the proposed revision of the Constitution, submitted
by the Grand Council be received, and the same be
considered clause by clause.
* Chapters Marked thus (•) have since paid up.
316 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
The following notices of motion were given for the place
of holding the Annual Convocation in 1866 : by
E. E. Comp. L. H. Henderson, St. Catharines.
V. " " Wm. M. Jamieson, Ottawa.
E. " " E. J. Barker, Kingston.
M. " " J. C. Franck, Montreal.
The Grand Chapter was called from labor to refresh-
ment, to meet at 2 o'clock, p, m.
The Grand Chapter resumed its sitting at 3.15 o'clock,
M. E. Comp. T. Douglas Harrington, Grand Z.
E. " " S. D. Fowler, as " H.
" " « Charles D. Macdonnell, " J.
On the Throne.
Grand Officers, Members and Eepresentatives.
The consideration, clause by clause, of the proposed
revision of the Constitution was taken up and progress
The Grand Chapter was called from labor to refreshment,
to meet at 7 o'clock, p. m.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 317
The Grand Chapter resumed its sittings at 7.30 o'clock,
M. E. Comp. T. Douglas Harington, Grand Z.
R. " " S. D. Fowler, as " H.
" « " C. D. Macdonnell, " J.
On the Throne.
Grand Officers, Members and Representatives.
The revision of the Constitution was, after mature
consideration, finally agreed to, as follows : —
CONSTITUTION AND GENERAL REGULATIONS
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OP THE
©rjl*t[ off |Upt SUrtt IRaaona of (Banada.
REVISED BY GRAND CHAPTER, 8th DAY OF AUGUST, A.D., 1865, A. I., 2395.
THE GRAND CHAPTER.
I. The Style and Title of the Grand Chapter shall he " The
Grand Chapter of Boyal Arch Masons of Canada" and the
members shall rank in the following order : —
The Grand Z.
Past " "
The " H.
Past " "
Grand Superintendent, London District.
GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
Grand Superintendent, Hamilton District.
" " Toronto
" " Ontario "
" " Prince Edward u
" " Central
" " Montreal "
E. Townships "
" " Quebec "
Past Grand Superintendents of Districts, in the same
order of precedence.
Grand Scribe, E.
Past Grand Scribes, E. and N.
Grand Principal Sojourner.
Grand First Assistant Sojourner.
Past " " ' :
Grand Second "
Past " " "
Grand Sword Bearer.
Grand Standard Bearer.
Grand Director or Ceremonies.
The Three Principals of every subordinate Chapter.
Past Z., H., and J. of every subordinate Chapter, being
subscribing members to some regular Chapter.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRE8COTT, 18G5. S19
N. B. — All First and Past First Grand Principals are Btyled
"Most Excellent;" all other elective Grand and Past Grand
Officers arc styled "Bight ExeeUent," and all appointed and
past appointed Grand Officers are styled " Very Excellent. 11 The
Grand Janitor is styled " Companion."
II. The Officers dl Grand Chapter shall be respectively
fleeted or appointed, as hereinafter provided, and hold their
offices for one year, or until their successors shall have been
regularly elected or appointed, and installed.
The election and appointment of all officers shall take
place at the Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter, when
they shall be duly installed and invested in ancient form.
III. The following Officers shall be nominated for election
and if more than one Companion be nominated, the election
between them shall be decided by ballot, viz :
The Most Excellent Grand Z.
" Right Excellent. " H.
" " " M Scribes, E. aud N.
" " " " Principal Sojourner.
11 " " " Treasurer.
" " " " Registrar.
But were only one nomination takes place the ballot is
By an open vote of the Grand Chapter, —
The Grand Janitor.
By a majority of the Representatives of the Chapters of
their respective Districts present at the Annual Convocation,
subject to the confirmation of the Grand Z. —
The Right Excellent the Grand Superintendents of Districts.
IV. The following officers shall be appointed by the Grand Z
The V. E. Grand First Assistant Sojourner.
" u " Second Assistant Sojourner.
11 " " Sword Bearer.
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The V. E. Grand Standard Bearer.
" " " Director of Ceremonies.
Four " " Stewards.
V. The elective officers, except the Janitor, shall require
a majority of all the votes present. The elective officers must
be First or Past First Principals and the other Officers, except
the Janitor, Principals, or Past Principals of a Chapter. '
VI. Should neither of the representative officers, nor a
Past Z. of a Chapter, attend any Convocation of the Grand
Chapter, such Chapter, by a vote properly certified by the First
Principal and Scribe E., under seal, may delegate any Com-
panion entitled to a seat in the Grand Chapter to represent their
Chapter, but no Companion can represent more than three
VII. Every Companion elected or appointed to office in the
Grand Chapter, shall, during his period of office, be a subscrib-
ing member to some regular subordinate Chapter ; and any Past
Grand officer or member, who shall for twelve months continu-
ously cease to be a subscribing member to some subordinate
Chapter, shall be disqualified from attending the Grand Chapter
— such disqualification to continue until he shall have again
become,and continue to be, a subscribing member to some regular
VIII. Should a vacancy occur in any office of the Grand
Chapter, the Grand Z. shall nominate a qualified Companion to
supply the place pro tempore. But no officer can resign his
office after he has been installed and invested ; nor can he be
removed except for cause which appears to the Grand Chapter,
to be sufficient, to be ascertained by the votes of the majority of
members present, on complaint laid before it by the Grand Z., in
which case another must be elected or appointed in his stead, as
the case may be. This includes the Grand Janitor.
IX. The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter shall be
held on the second Tuesday in August, at which the place of
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holding the next Convocation shall be decided. None bu
member? shall be present without the permission of the presiding
X. The Grand Z. may convene Grand Chapters of Emergency
when necessary. The reason for convening a Grand Chapter of
Emergency shall be expressed in the summons, and no other
business shall be entered upon at that meeting. In all cases
where summonses are issued whether by Grand or Private
Chapter, at least seven clear days' notice shall be given
XI. No officer or member shall be permitted to attend in
Grand Chapter without his proper clothing and jewel.
XII. The Grand Director of Ceremonies shall, at every
meeting of the Grand Chapter, attend without the entrance for
the purpose of guarding under the superintendance of the Grand
Pursuivant, against the admission of any but those who are
qualified, and have their proper clothing and jewels, and have
signed their names to the accustomed papers, and are in all
respects entitled to admission.
XIII. If at any Grand Chapter, stated or occasional, any of
the Grand Principals be absent, the Chairs shall be filled by the
Grand Officers next in rank and seniority who may be present,
provided they be installed Present or Past First Principals of
any regular subordinate Chapter. And if no such Grand Officer
be present, then by the First Principals of Chapters, according
to seniority, and the powers of any such pro tempore presiding
officers shall be the same as those properly belonging to the
office so filled by him.
The Grand Chapter is declared opened in Ample Form when
the Grand Z. is present, at all other times in Due Form, but with
the same authority.
XIV. An annual report of the transactions of the Grand
Chapter, with an account of the funds and property belonging to
it, shall be printed without delay, and one copy thereof trans-
mitted to every Officer of the Grand Chapter, and two copies to
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every subordinate Chapter, immediately after the general Convo-
cation in August.
XV. In the Grand Chapter alone resides the power of
enacting laws and regulations for the government of the Royal
Arch, and of altering, amending, repealing and abrogating them.
The Grand Chapter has also the inherent power of investigating,
regulating and deciding all matters relating to the Royal Arch,
and the Intermediate Degrees, and to subordinate Chapters and
individual Companions ; which it may exercise either of itself, or
by such delegated authority as it may appoint ; but in the
Grand Chapter alone resides the power of erasing Chapters and
expelling Companions from this order of Freemasonry.
XVI. When the Grand Lodge, or any other competent
authority in the Craft, shall suspend or expel any Brother who
is a Royal Arch Mason, the Grand Chapter shall immediately,
on such suspension or expulsion, and the circumstances relating
thereto, being communicated to it by the Grand Z., proceed to
consider and decide whether such Companion shall be suspended
or expelled from his Arch-Masonic functions for the period whilst
such Craft suspension or expulsion continues in force. But he shall
not, neither shall any Companion, under any circumstances, be
suspended or expelled, until he shall have been summoned to
show cause, why such sentence should not be recorded and
enforced, and afforded every opportunity of defending himself,
either in Grand Chapter as aforesaid, or before other duly
XVII. Should any Chapter have neglected to make its
returns and payments to the Grand Chapter, for more than one
year, the representatives of such Chapter shall not be permitted
to attend any meeting of the Grand Chapter until such returns
and payment shall have been completed.
XVIII. No Companion shall be qualified or permitted to
attend Grand Chapter as Principal or Past Principal, unless and
until his name and appointment shall have been transmitted to
the Grand Scribe E.
XIX. Companions of eminence and ability, who have
rendered service to the Craft, may by a vote of the Grand
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Chapter be constituted members of the Grand Chapter, with such
rank and distinction as may bo thought proper.
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE GRAND CHAPTER DURING
THE TIME OF BUSINESS.
To l>c read at every Convocation thereof.
I. The Grand Chapter being opened, and the Regulations
having been read, the Minutes of the last Annual Convocation,
and of any intervening Grand Chapter, are then to be put for
confirmation ; and any communication from the Grand Principals,
or either of them, and reports from the Grand Superintendents of
Districts and any Committee, shall be read and taken into
consideration ; after which, the other business shall be regularly
II. All matters are to be decided by a majority of votes,
except where a ballot is enacted or demanded ; each Officer and
member of the Grand Chapter, (except the Grand Janitor) shall
have one vote, and the presiding Officer, in case of equality, a
casting vote ; unless the Grand Chapter, for the sake of expedi-
tion, shall think proper to leave any particular subject to the
determination of the presiding Officer. The votes of the Members
are to be signified by each holding out one of his hands, which
hands the Grand Scribes are to count, unless the presiding Officer
shall declare the numbers so unequal as to render the counting
unnecessary. No visitor shall on any occasion be permitted to
III. Any member may demand a ballot on any question, either
before or immediately after an open vote shall have been taken.
In all matters to be decided by ballot, each Chapter shall have
three votes, and each officer (except the Janitor) and member,
not otherwise entitled to vote, shall have one vote, and (except
where otherwise provided) in case of equality, the presiding
Officer shall have a casting vote. The Grand Scribes shall act
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IV. Whenever the presiding Officer shall call to order,
there shall be general silence.
V. All members shall keep their seats, except the Grand
Scribes, the Grand Principal Sojourner and his Assistants, the
Grand Director of Ceremonies, and Grand Stewards, who ars
allowed to move about from place to place in the discharge of
VI. No Companion shall speak twice to the same question,
unless in explanation, or the mover in reply, and no visitor shall
speak to any question, unless requested or permitted to do so
by the presiding Officer.
VII. Every Companion who speaks shall rise and remain
standing addressing himself to the presiding Officer ; and no
Companion shall interrupt him, except to speak to order, or the
presiding Officer to call him to order ; but after he has been set
right he may proceed, if he observes due order and decorum.
VIII. If any Member shall have been twice called to order
by the presiding Officer and shall, nevertheless, be guilty of a
third offence at the same meeting, the presiding Officer may
command him forthwith to quit the Grand Chapter, and he shall
not be again admitted to that Convocation.
IX. Whoever shall be so unmasonic as to hiss at a Com-
panion, or at what he has said, shall be forthwith solemnly
excluded the Convocation, and declared incapable of being a
Member of any Grand Chapter till, at another Grand Convocation,
he publicly own his fault and grace be granted.
X. No motion for the repeal or alteration of any existing law,
or for the introduction of a new one, shall be made, without
notice being given in a previous Grand Chapter. And no repeal,
alteration or addition shall be valid unless supported by two-
thirds of the votes present.
XI. No motion on any new subject shall be made, nor any
new matter entered upon after eleven o'clock at night.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESOOTT, 1805. 325
OF GRAND OFFIOEE8.
I. The Grand Z., after his installation, at the annual Convoca-
tion, shall nominate such Grand Officers as it is his perogative
to appoint, who, with the elective Grand Officers, are to be
thereupon installed and invested in ancient form.
II. Should the Grand Z. die during his term of office, or be
rendered incapable of discharging the duties, the immediate Past
First Grand Principal shall act until the next election takes place.
Should he decline or be unable to act, the last but one, and so on ;
but if no former Grand Z. be found to act, the Grand Chapter
shall be summoned by the Grand H., or in his absence, by the
Grand J., to elect a new Grand Z.
III. The Grand Z„ under the sanction of the Grand Chapter,
may, by warrant, appoint any Companion of eminence and skill
to represent the Grand Chapter in a sister Grand Chapter; he
may also constitute the Representative of a sister Grand Chapter,
a member of the Grand Chapter of Canada, with such rank as
the Grand Chapter may deem to be appropriate.
IV. The Grand Principals, or either of them, may preside in
any Chapter they may visit.
V. The Grand Z. may summon any Chapter or Companion to
attend him, and may order the production of the warrant, books,
papers and accounts of such Chapter. If the summons be not
complied with, nor a sufficient reason given for non-compliance,
such summons shall be repeated as a peremptory one, and
if such last summons be not attended to, the offending Chapter
or Companion may be suspended, and the proceeding notified to
the Grand Chapter for further consideration, and punishment if
VI. The Grand Z. shall not be applied to officially concerning
Royal Arch Companions or Masonry, except through the Grand
Scribe E., or Grand Superintendents of Districts. But this
shall not refer to the Grand Principals H. and J., who can
VII. The Grand Z. has the sole power to grant dispensations ;
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except for public festivals or processions, authority for which
may be granted by any of the Grand Principals or Grand
Superintendents of Districts.
OF GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS OF DISTRICTS.
I. This officer must be an installed First Principal or a Past
First Principal, and a resident in the District for which he is
II. He may preside in every Chapter he visits within his
District, unless the Grand Principals, or either of them, be
III. He may hear and determine any subject of Masonic
complaint or irregularity respecting Chapters or individual
Companions within his District, and may proceed to admonition,
or to suspension. A minute of all such proceedings, stating the
offence and the law applicable to it, together with his decision,
is to be transmitted to the Grand Z., through the Grand Scribe
E., and when the case is of so flagrant a nature, as in the judg-
ment of the Grand Superintendent of the District to require the
erasure of a Chapter, or the expulsion of a Companion, he shall
make a special report to the Grand Chapter with his opinion
thereon. His decision is final unless an appeal is made there-
from to the Grand Z. or Grand Chapter.
IV. He may summon any Chapter or Companion within his
District to attend him, and may order the production of the
warrant, books, papers and accounts of such Chapter.
If the summons be not complied with, nor a sufficient reason
given for non-compliance, a peremptory summons shall be issued ;
and, in case of contumacy, he may suspend the offending Chapter
or Companion, and shall report the case as before provided.
V. All petitions for warrants must be recommended and duly
signed by the Grand Superintendent of the District prior to their
transmission to the Grand Scribe E., whose duty it shall be to
see that such recommendation and signature are duly attached
to each petition.
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VI. He shall transmit to the Grand Scribe E. at least fourteen
days prior to each annual Convocation of Grand Chapter, a
report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry in his District,
with a list of such Chapters as may have been constituted since
the Last annual Convocation, for the information of the Grand
VII. He has power to give or refuse consent for the removal
of a Chapter from place to place within his District, but not from
bis District into another, nor from another District into his own
without the sanction of the Grand Z.
YIN. 1I< may grant dispensations for festivals or public
proce - ion in his District.
OF GRAND SCRIBES E. AND N.
[. All ministerial duties usually known as appertaining, and
all privileges attached to the office of Grand Scribe, are to be
performed and enjoyed exclusively by the Grand Scribe E.
His duties in the Grand Chapter being similar to those of a
Grand Secretary of a Grand Lodge.
II. The Grand Scribe N. shall assist the Grand Scribe E.,
during the business of the annual Convocation of the Grand
Chapter, and temporarily perform his duties should the Grand
Scribe E. be rendered incapable by sickness, absence from the
Province or otherwise.
OF GRAND PRINCIPAL SOJOURNER, TREASURER, REGISTRAR,
FIRST AND SECOND ASSISTANT SOJOURNERS, SWORD BEARER,
STANDARD BEARER, DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES, ORGANIST,
PURSUIVANT, STEWARDS AND JANITOR.
I. The duties of the above Officers of the Grand Chapter
speak for themselves, except that the Grand Principal
Sojourner, and his assistants, act in the Grand Chapter as Grand
Deacons, and the Grand Janitor as Grand Tyler.
II. The Grand First and Second Assistant Sojourners, Sword
Bearer, Standard Bearer, Director of Ceremonies, Organist^
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Pursuivant and Stewards, must be Principals or Past Principals
of some regular subordinate Chapter.
OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
I. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Grand
Principals, H. and J., the Grand Superintendents of Districts,
and the Grand Scribes, (ex-officio members) and five other
members of the Grand Chapter, to be elected annually t by ballot,
immediately after the election and appointment of Grand Officers.
The Committee may elect its own presiding Officer, and four
members shall constitute a quorum for the despatch of business.
The Committee may appoint Sub-Committees from amongst its
II. In the absence of the presiding Officer, the chair shall be
taken by the member highest in rank present.
III. The Committee shall audit the accounts of the Grand
Chapter and report thereon at the annual Convocation, and shall
prepare an annual report on Foreign Correspondence for general
IV. The Committee shall appoint a Committee on Credentials,
and shall examine and report on all applications for warrants,
and generally on all matters referred to it by the Grand Z. and
Grand Chapter, and shall have the right of summoning any
Chapter or Companion to attend and produce all books, papers
and accounts belonging to them under penalty, on neglect or
refusal, of being by said Committee, suspended and reported to
the Grand Z. or Grand Chapter.
V. All questions shall be decided by a majority of votes — the
presiding Officer, in case of equality, having a casting vote.
VI. The members of the Committee, when assembled on
business, shall be in Royal Arch Clothing.
VII. The Committee, shall proceed to the consideration of any
special matter referred to it by the Grand Z. or Grand Chapter,
in preference to other general business.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1 865. 329
VIII. All transactions and resolutions of the Committee shall
be entered in a minute-book by the Grand Scribe E.
GOVERNMENT OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS.
I. The Grand Chapter of Canada has the sole government and
superintendence of the several Royal Arch Chapters, and Lodges
of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master Masons, within the
Province ; with authority to assign the limits of the several
Districts, and settle controversies that may happen between
them ; and has power under the seal of the Grand Chapter,
and the sign manual of the Grand Principals, attested by the
Grand Scribe E., to constitute new Chapters of Royal Arch
Masons, and Lodges of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master
Masons, within the Province.
II. The Grand Z. has the power and authority, whenever he shall
deem it expedient, during the recess of the Grand Chapter to
grant a Dispensation under his hand, and attested by the Grand
Scribe E., under the seal of the Grand Chapter, upon the petition
of nine regular registered Royal Arch Masons, empowering
them to hold Chapters of Royal Arch Masons, and Lodges of
Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master Masons, for a certain
specified time, provided such does not extend beyond the next
ensuing annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter, when the
Grand Chapter, may confirm the said Dispensation and grant
the petitioners a Warrant of Constitution.
III. No Charter or Dispensation shall be granted for instituting
Lodges of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Masters; independent
of a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons.
OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS.
I. All legally constituted assemblies of Royal Arch Masons
arc called Chapters, as regular bodies of Mark Masters, Past
Masters and Most Excellent Masters are called Lodges. Every
Chapter ought to assemble for work at least once in every three
months, and shall consist of three Principals, two Scribes, three
330 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
Sojourners, and a Janitor, to which, for the better working of
the Chapter, may be added other Officers.
II. Every Chapter of Royal Arch Masons throughout this
jurisdiction shall have a Warrant of Constitution from the Grand
Chapter, and no Chapter shall be deemed legal without such
Warrant, or a Dispensation from the Grand Z. The mode of
application to be by petition, signed by nine regular and regis-
tered Royal Arch Masons, specifying the place where it is
intended to hold such Chapter, the day on which it is proposed
to be holden, with the names of the three intended Principals,
and such Warrant and Dispensation shall also give power to
open and hold Lodges of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Masters.
III. The petition is to be transmitted to the Superintendent
of the District in which it is intended to hold the Chapter, for
his recommendation or opinion.
IV. Every Chapter shall be solemnly consecrated according
to ancient custom, by one of the Grand Principals or Superin-
tendents of Districts, or by some Present or Past First Principal
of a Chapter.
V. Every Chapter shall annually elect, by ballot, the First,
Second and Third Principals, Scribes E. and N., Principal
Sojourner and Treasurer, and, by an open vote of the Chapter,
The First Principal shall annually appoint all the other officers
required for the better working of his Chapter, who are, with the
elective Officers, to be regularly installed and invested.
VI. No Companion shall be elegible for the First Principal's
chair, unless he be an installed Master or Past Master of a
regular Lodge, nor until he has served in the second Principal's
chair for twelve months, nor to the Second until he has served in
the Third Principal's chair for twelve months, unless by special
dispensation from the Grand First Principal.
VII. All matters are to be decided by a majority of votes,
except where a ballot is specially enacted. If the numbers on
the ballot or a vote shall, in any case, be equal, the First
Principal shall have the casting vote, or he may order a new
ballot at his discretion.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 1865. 331
VIII. A Register shall be kept by each Chapter of all
Companions who shall be installed as First, Second and Third
Principals ; and every Chapter shall return to the Grand Scribe
E., the name of every Companion so installed, with the date of
his installation, and shall also notify the Grand Scribe E.,
whenever any Companion who has been installed as First, Second
and Third Principal, shall, from any cause whatever, cease to
be a Member of the Chapter ; and no Companion shall take his
seat in the Grand Chapter as a Principal, or Past Principal, until
his name shall have been so registered.
IX. The First Principal is responsible for the due observance
of the laws relating to subordinate Chapters, and that all Returns
are made, and Fees and Dues paid to Grand Chapter. He shall
see that a book, or books be kept in which the Scribe E. shall
enter the names of all Candidates, with the dates of their proposals
and taking the Degrees of Mark Master, Past Master, Most
Excellent Master, and the Royal Arch, and their ages, residences
and professions, together with all such other transactions of the
Chapter as are proper to be written.
X. The Principals of the Chapter for the time being shall be
the Master and Wardens respectively of the Lodges of Mark,
Past and Most Excellent Masters, and the other officers according
XI. The Officers and Companions, whilst in Chapter, shall
wear the Insignia of the Order, according to their rank.
XII. In case of the absence of the First Principal , his chair
shall be taken by his immediate predecessor therein, or, in his
absence, by the senior Past First Principal present, who shall
discharge the duties of the Chapter.
XIII. In case of Death or removal by Grand Chapter of a
Principal of a Chapter, the Chapter shall proceed to elect a new
Principal in his place, giving seven clear days' notice of such
election to all the Members of the Chapter. And should a
vacancy occur in any other office, the First Principal shall
appoint a Companion to supply the place pro tempore. But no
Officer can resign his office after he has been installed or invested,
332 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
nor can he be removed, except for cause which appears to the
Chapter to be sufficient, to be ascertained by the votes of the
majority of members present, on the complaint being laid before
it by the First Principal after having been duly notified to the
members in the summons, in which case another must be elected
or appointed in his stead, as the case may be. This includes,
the Janitors of Chapters.
XIV. A Chapter of Emergency may at any time be called by
summons, giving seven clear days' notice, by authority of the
First Principal. The reason for calling it shall be expressed in
the summons, and no other business than that specified shall be
entered upon at that meeting.
XV. Every Chapter shall, at least once in each year, make a
return to the Grand Scribe E., specifying the names, ages,
professions and residences, and the dates of exaltation of the
Companions exalted, together with the dates of their taking the
previous degrees of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master, and
shall, at the same time, remit the registering Fee, and Fees for
Grand Chapter Certificates, that may be due, and when any
Companion, exalted in foreign parts, whose name is not previously
registered in the books of the Grand Chapter, shall join a Chapter
as a member.his name,age,professionand Chapter shall be likewise
returned, and the same fee shall be paid as if he had been exalted
in the Chapter which he may so join. The name of each
Candidate must be included in the return as soon as he has
received the degree of Mark Master, and the registering fee must
be then remitted. The names also, of all Companions who may
join from any other Chapter must be returned, and the Chapter
in which they were exalted, specified. Every Mark Master
must select his mark within six months from the date of his
taking the degree, and a description of it shall be returned by
his Chapter for record by the Grand Scribe E.
XVI. No Chapter shall exalt a Mason to the Royal Arch
degree, or admit a joining member, without strictly complying
with the regulations enacted for those occasions. (See of
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRE8COTT, 1865. 333
XVII. No Mason shall be exalted to the Royal Arch degree
unless he has been a Master Mason for three calendar months at
least, of which he shall give proof, except by dispensation from
the First Grand Principal, which shall not, however, be for a
shorter period than four weeks. He must have taken the
degrees of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master previous to
XVIII. No Chapter shall confer the degrees of Mark Master,
Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch, upon any
Brother for a less sum than twenty dollars, which sum must be
paid before any of the degrees are conferred, and may include
the fees to the Grand Chapter, for registry and certificate. The
Companion who proposes a candidate is responsible to the
Chapter for all fees payable by him, payment of which must not
on any pretence be deferred, nor any part of them. This is not
however to extend to serving Companions, who may be exalted
free of fee or charge, provided that a Dispensation be obtained
from the First Grand Principal.
XIX. When any Companion from without the jurisdiction of
the Grand Chapter of Canada, presents himself as a Royal Arch
Mason, and produces satisfactory proof of his having been
exalted to that degree, each and every Chapter shall have
liberty to and may confer the degrees of Mark Master, Past
Master and Most Excellent Master on such Companions, who
have not heretofore received them, free of charge, except a Fee
to Grand Chapter for registry and Certificate.
XX. Every Chapter has the power to make such By-Laws as to
them shall seem meet for their own private government, provided
they be not incompatible with the general laws of the Craft, or
the general statutes enacted by the Grand Chapter, and such
By-Laws shall be fairly copied in a book to be kept for that
purpose, after a copy thereof shall have been sent to the Grand
Scribe E., for approval by the Grand Z., every Companion shall
sign them as a token of submission to them, when he becomes a
member. The regular days of meeting of the Chapter shall be
specified in the By-Laws.
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XXI. Every Chapter shall keep a book or books, in which
members shall sign their names before intering the Chapter, and
also for visitors which shall contain their names, rank and
Chapter from which they hail. The Janitor shall see that these
entries are properly made.
XXII. The precedency of a Chapter is derived from the *
number of its Warrant, as recorded in the books of the Grand
Chapter. If a Chapter be dissolved, its warrant, records and
propert}*- shall be delivered up to the Grand Chapter.
XXIII. If the majority of members quit a Chapter, the
constitution or power of assembling exists with those remaining,
provided their number be not less than nine, if less than nine, their
Warrant ceases and becomes extinct — and all the authority
thereby granted or enjoyed reverts to the Grand Chapter.
XXIV. A Chapter or Companion offending against any law
or regulation for which no specified penalty is enacted, shall be
subject to admonition, or suspension, at the discretion of the
Grand Z., the Grand Chapter, or the Grand Superintendent of
XXV. No Companion shall in any way make known or
publish any proceedings of a Chapter without proper authority —
nor violate the secrecy of the ballot under any circumstances ;
under penalty of severe censure for a first offence, and for a
second offence, of suspension from all his Royal Arch privileges.
XXVI. Every Chapter has the power of inquiring into
offences, and of suspending or excluding a member, but no
Companion shall be suspended or excluded under any circum-
stances, until he shall have had due notice of the charge or
complaint preferred against him, and of the time appointed for
its consideration, so that he may be present and be afforded
every opportunity of defending himself, before a decision is
rendered as to his guilt or otherwise.
XXVII. The name of every Companion suspended or excluded
together with the cause thereof, shall be sent to the Grand
Scribe E., and also to the Grand Superintendent of the District;
and notice of his restoration shall likewise be sent to these two
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 335
XXVIII. When a member has been suspended for non-pay-
ment of* dues, he shall be immediately restored by the Chapter,
without ballot, on payment of all arrears owing at the time of
his suspension, and of the regular Chapter dues for the period
he was so suspended.
XXIX. The majority of the members of a Chapter, when
congregated, have the privilege of giving instructions to their
Principals, or other Representative, before the Convocation of
Grand Chapter, because such Companions are their Representa-
tives, and are supposed to speak their sentiments.
XXX. Every Chapter shall be subject to erasure and forfeiture
of its Charter of Constitution in either of the following cases :
Ommitting to hold a Convocation of the Chapter for the space
of two years.
Neglecting to make any return required by the foregoing laws.
Neglecting to register annually the names of all Companions
exalted, and of those who have joined the Chapter.
But no Chapter shall be erased under any circumstances until
the Principals thereof shall have been duly summoned to show
cause to the contrary to the Grand Chapter.
OF PROPOSING MEMBERS.
I. No Mason shall be advanced to the degrees of Mark
Master, Past Master and Most Excellent Master, and exalted to
the Royal Arch degree until he has presented a petition
recommended by two Companions, being members of the Chapter,
and been regularly proposed at one Convocation of the Chapter,
and a Committee has been appointed to enquire into his
character, and his name, age, addition or profession, residence
and Lodge shall have been sent to all the members of the Chapter
in the summons fof the next Convocation — whether regular or
emergent — when, if the Committee report in his favor, he may
be balloted for, and if approved, admitted. But should the
Committee report unfavorably, he shall be deemed a rejected
candidate and subject to Article VI.
336 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
II. All balloting for candidates as aforesaid must take place
in the Royal Arch Degree.
III. No Companion shall be admitted a Joining Member
without a regular proposition at one Convocation of the Chapter,
and unless and until his name, occupation, residence and Chapter
shall have been sent to all the members in the summons for the.
next regular Convocation, and their decision ascertained by ballot.
He must give proof of his good standing, and be proposed and
seconded by two members of the Chapter.
IV. No Chapter shall admit a Candidate who resides in another
District or within the jurisdiction of another Chapter, without
the written consent, given by open vote, of such other Chapter,
and signed by the First Principal and Scribe E. The jurisdiction
of every Chapter except in cities and towns where there is more
than one Chapter, extends between them half-way to the nearest
Chapter, or to the boundary of the district. In such cities
and towns Chapters have concurrent jurisdiction.
V. No Candidate shall be admitted, or Companion received as
a joining member, if on the ballot, two black balls appear against
VI. No rejected Candidate can be again proposed and balloted
for within twelve months of the time of his rejection. (See
VII. No Mason shall be exalted to the Royal Arch Degree,
until he has received the Degrees of Mark Master, Past Master
and Most Excellent Master. He must have been a Master
Mason for three months, of which he shall give proof, except the
period be shortened by Dispensation of the Grand Z.
I. Chapters may elect any Companion an Honorary member,
by an open vote of the Chapter. Due notice must be given at
one Convocation, and the name be inserted in the summons for
the next, whether regular or emergent. The Chapter must
include all Honorary members, who were at the time of such
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 337
election as such ordinary members, in its return,- to the Grand
Chapter, and pay similar dues for them as for ordinary members.
II. Honorary membership does not confer the right of voting,
except it is so declared at the time of election, and then it can
be conferred only on those who were ordinary members when
III. Should such Honorary members, as at the time of their
election were ordinary members, accept office in the Chapter,
their Honorary membership ceases. Honorary members, who
were not ordinary members, cannot, at the time of tnich election
hold office in the Chapter.
I. No visitor shall be admitted into a Chapter, unless he be
personally known or recommended, or well vouched for, and
until after due examination on his first visit, by two or more of
the Companions present, and he shall have entered his name,
residence and Chapter, together with his masonic rank, in a book
to be kept by the Chapter for that purpose. The Janitor is to
see that such entry is properly made.
II. Visitors during their continuance in a Chapter, are subject
to its By-Laws.
III. No Companion residing in Canada, and not affiliated with
some Chapter has a right to visit any Chapter in the town or
place where he resides, more than once during the period of his
IV. The First Principal of every Chapter is particularly bound
to enforce these regulations.
OF THE CHAPTER SEAL.
I. Every Chapter shall have a masonic Seal, to be affixed to
all documents proper to be issued. An impression of it is to be
sent to the Grand Scribe E. and Grand Superintendent of the
338 GKAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
District, and if at any time the seal shall be changed, an
impression of the new seal shall in like manner be transmitted.
I. Every Chapter shall procure for each Companion exalted
therein, immediately upon his being registered in the books of
the Grand Chapter, a Certificate under seal of the Grand Chapter,
and signed by the Grand Scribe E. ; of such exaltation and
registry, to be paid for by the Chapter.
II. Every Companion must sign his name in the margin of
his Certificate to make it valid, which should be done at the
time of its delivery to him.
III. Every return or document upon which, a Grand Chapter
Certificate is to issue, must specify not only the date of exalta-
tion, but also the dates when the Companion was advanced to
the degrees of Mark Master, Past Master and Most Excellent
IV. All applications for Grand Chapter Certificates must be
made to the Grand Scribe E., and no Certificate can be issued
until payment is made of the Fees for registry and Certificate.
V. No Chapter shall grant a private Certificate to a Companion
for any purpose, except to enable him to obtain a Grand Chapter
Certificate, in which case it shall be specifically addressed tc
the Grand Scribe E., and except also such Certificates as the
Laws or Committees of Grand Chapter may sanction or require.
VI. Whenever a Member of a Chapter shall give notice in
writing of his desire to retire, or shall be excluded from mem-
bership, or whenever at a future time he may require it, he shall
be furnished with a Certificate, stating the circumstances under
which he left the Chapter, and such Certificate is to be produced
to any other Chapter of which he is proposed to be admitted a
member, previous to the ballot being taken. No charge shall be
made under any pretence for a private Certificate.
OF PUBLIC PROCESSIONS.
I. No public procession or festival shall be allowed, without a
Dispensation from one of the Grand Principals, or the Grand
Superintendent of the District, except as to attending Masonic
Funerals, the urgency of which may not admit of the delay
necessary for procuring the Dispensation.
II. If any Chapter or Companion shall attend any public
procession (except a funeral) or festival, in Royal Arch clothing
without a Dispensation, such Chapter and Companion shall be
suspended, until the Grand Z. or Grand Chapter shall determine
thereon, and such Companion shall be rendered incapable of ever
after being an officer of a Chapter. This includes Janitors of
I. The Grand Chapter, when congregated, necessarily pos-
sesses a supreme authority over, and the power of finally
deciding on every case which concerns the benefit of Royal Arch
Masonry, with its intermediate degrees. Any Chapter or
Companion, therefore, which or who may feel aggrieved by the
decision of any other authority, may appeal to the Grand
Chapter against such decision, except it be that of the Grand Z.
The appeal must be made in writing, specifying the particular
grievance complained of, and be transmitted to the Grand Scribe
E. A notice and copy of the appeal must also be sent by the
appellant to the party against whose decision the appeal is
II. No appeal will be received, unless made in proper and
respectful language, and it must be sent to the Grand Scribe E.,
at least one month before the annual Convocation of Grand
Chapter. And when appeal against a decision is made to the
Grand Z., it must be sent to the Grand Scribe E., withiu one
month after the date of the decision appealed against.
III. Notice of the intention to appeal against a decision
must always be given at the time the decision is made known.
340 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
The following shall be the fees and dues payable to the Grand
Chapter, and which must in every case, be sent to the Grand
Scribe E. with the application or return to which they respec-
tively relate, and for which every First Principal of a
Chapter is responsible : —
For a Dispensation for a new Chapter $40 00
For a Warrant of Confirmation of do 10 00
For a Warrant of Constitution for a New Chapter .... 50 00
For a new do., to replace loss by fire or otherwise, pro-
perly certified 10 00
For every other Dispensation 1 00
For a Grand Chapter Certificate 2 00
For do., for all or either of the intermediate degrees,
when applied for distinct from exaltation 1 00
For registry of the name of every Candidate for
exaltation 1 00
This is to be paid in every instance as soon as a Brother has
received the degree of Mark Master Mason.
For registry of a Companion joining a Chapter whose
name has been previously registered 50
For registry and Certificate of the intermediate degrees
conferred on Companions joining from another juris-
diction 2 00
For ever member of a Chapter, except for the year of
his first becoming one, and payable at the annual
Convocation of Grand Chapter, — (per annum) 20
I. The following clothing and insignia shall be worn, and no
Companion shall on any pretence, be admitted into the Grand
Chapter, or any subordinate Chapter, without his proper clothing.
No honorary or other jewel or emblem shall be worn which
shall not appertain to, or be consistent with those degrees which
are recognized and acknowledged by the Grand Chapter.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 341
II. The apron is to be of white lamb-skin, or white kid-skin,
from fourteen to sixteen inches wide, and from twelve to fourteen
inches deep, with an indented crimson and purple border two
inches wide, the crimson part pointing to the centre of the apron,
the border of the flap or lappet to be only one inch wide, in the
centre of the flap is to be a triangle of silk or satin, surrounded
with gold border, and within the triangle three taus, united in
gold spangled embroidery, and two gold tassels are to be sus-
pended by ribbons two inches wide, coming from under the flap.
The aprons of the Present and Past Officers of the Grand
Chapter, and Principals and Past Principals of subordinate
Chapter are to be trimmed with gold lace.
III. The silk or satin ground of the triangle, the lining and
strings of the apron, and the ribbon suspending the tassels, for
the Present and Past Grand Officers of the Grand Chapter shall
be purple ; for Principals and Past Principals of subordinate
Chapters, crimson ; and for all other Companions, white.
IV. The apron of a Mark Master is to be of the same material
and size as for the Royal Arch, bordered by a light blue ribbon
with crimson edges, and having three rosettes of the same ribbon
one on the flap and one at each lower corner. The owner's mark
may be represented on the centre within a circle surrounded by
the letters H. T. W. S. S. T. K. S.
V. The jewel of office worn by the Present and Past Officers,
of the Grand Chapter, is to be suspended by a collar of three
colors, viz : purple, crimson and pale blue, four inches wide.
VI. The jewel of office^worn by the Principals and Officers,
and also by Past Principals of subordinate Chapters, is to be
suspended by a crimson collar, four inches w r ide,
VII. The aprons, collars, and jewels of Officers of Lodges of
Mark Masters, Past Masters and Most Excellent Masters, which
are not independent bodies, may be thos'e of the Chapter
according to rank, and Companions may wear their Royal Arch
VIII. The medal of the Order is to be worn on the left breast,
suspended according to the rank of the Companion, by a narrow
342 GRAND CHAPTEK OF CANADA.
ribbon, two inches wide, as follows ; Present and Past Officers
of the Grand Chapter, tricolor, corresponding with the collar ; and
the Principals and Past Principals of all subordinate Chapters,
crimson, also corresponding with the collar ; all jewels of this
order are to be gold or gilt. The other Officers of subordinate
Chapters, and all other Companions, white.
IX. The jewel of a Mark Master is to be in the form of a key-
stone. On the front the owners mark or device is to be engraved
within a circle with the letters round it, H. T. W. S. S. T. K. S.
On the reverse side may be the owner's name and that of his
Chapter, with the date of his advancement. The jewel should be
a white cornelian stone, but may be of gold or silver or mother-
of-pearl, and suspended by a narrow light blue ribbon with
X. Grand and Past Grand Officers wear a tri-color sash, with
gold fringe or bullion at the ends ; all other Companions are to
wear the usual sash of the order with silk fringe at the ends ;
but Principals and Past Principals of subordinate Chapters may
wear gold fringe, or bullion instead of silk.
The following are recognized degrees as defined by Grand
Chapter, viz ; Entered Apprentice — Fellow Craft and Master
Mason — Mark Master, Past Master and Most Excellent Master —
Royal Arch, and Masonic Knights Templar, and Knight of Malta.
First Grand and First Principal, Z. •
A crimson robe trimmed with ermine.
Second Grand and Second Principal, H.
A purple robe.
Third Grand and Third Principal, J.
A blue robe.
Scribes E. and N., the Principal Sojourner and his Assistants ;
Pursuivant and Janitors of Grand and subordinate Chapters,
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865, 343
First Grand Principal, Z.
A Crown irradiated, between the legs of a pair oi' compasses, the points
resting on a triple triangle.
Second Grand Principal, H.
The All-seeing eye irradiated, between the legs of a pair of compasses,
the points resting on a triple triangle.
Third Grand Principal, J.
The Volume of the Sacred Law irradiated, between the legs of a pair
of compasses, the points resting on a triple triangle.
Past Grand Principals,
The Jewel appertaining to their respective offices, in a circle.
Grand Superintendent of Districts,
A small Triangle irradiated, in a double triangle enclosed within a
circle, on a triangle.
Past Grand Superintendents of Districts,
The same Jewel, omitting the small triangle irradiated.
Grand Scribes E. and N.
Cross Pens, with a tie within a triangle.
Principal Sojourners of Grand and subordinate Chapters,
A Square irradiated, within a triangle.
Assistant Sojourners of Grand and subordinate Chapters,
A square, within a triangle, not irradiated
A Key, within a triangle.
A Scroll, on a Pen, within a triangle.
Grand Sword Bearer,
Cross Swords, with a Tie, within a triangle.
Grand Standard Bearer,
A Standard with a Triple Tau in the centre, within a triangle.
Grand Director of Ceremonies,
Cross Wands within a Wreath, within a triangle.
344 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
A Harp within a triangle.
Cross Swords and Wand, with a Coat of Arms, within a triangle.
Past Grand Officers,
The Jewel appertaining to their respective officers set in a circle
except Past Grand Superintendents.
First Principal, Z.
A Crown irradiated within a triangle.
Second Principal, H,
An All-Seeing Eye irradiated, within a triangle.
Third Principal, J.
The Volume of the Sacred Law irradiated, within a triangle.
The same within a circle.
Officers of subordinate Chapters,
The emblems appertaining to their office, as in Grand Chapter,
within a triangle.
Application for a Warrant of Constitution.
To the Most Excellent Grand Principals, and the Grand Chapter
of Royal Arch Masons of Canada.
WE, the undersigned, being regular Royal Arch Masons,
registered Members of the Chapters mentioned against our
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 18G5. 345
respective names, pray for a Warrant of Constitution, empowering
us to meet as a regular Chapter at to be called on the
day of and there to discharge the duties of Royal Arch
Masonry in a constitutional manner, according to the Forms of
the Order, and the Rules and Regulations of the Grand Chapter ;
and we have nominated and do recommend Companion
to be First Principal, Z., Compauion to be Second
Principal, H., Companion to be Third Principal, J.
The prayer of this Petition being granted, we promise strict
conformity to the Ancient Landmarks of the Order, and the Rules
and Regulations of the Grand Chapter.
Dated at, &c, &c.
[To be signed by at least nine R. A. Masons.]
Application for Exaltation.
To the Excellent
The Principals, Officers and Companions of the Chapter
of Boyal Arch Masons, No.
The undersigned, a Master Mason, and Member of
Lodge, No. under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of
respectfully offers himself as a candidate for advancement
to the degrees of Mark Master, Past Master, and Most Excellent
Master, and exaltation to the supreme degree of the Holy Royal
Arch in Chapter No. -. Should his petition be granted
he promises a cheerful compliance with all the forms and usages
of the order.
Dated at, &c, &c. (Signed). A. B.
C. D. . (Residence), .
E. F. . (Profession), .
346 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA,
Application for Membership.
To the Excellent
The Principals, Officers and Companions of the -Chapter,
of Royal Arch Masons, No,
I, of the of [profession or addition] aged ,
being a Royal Arch Mason, am desirous of becoming a member
of the Chapter, No .
I was exalted in Chapter, No. — — , and was last a Member
of Chapter, No. , from which I retired in good standing.
Dated at, &c, &c.
Certificate of withdrawal from a Chapter.
To all Royal Arch Masons to whom these presents shall come
This is to certify that Companion -, who hath signed
his name in the margin hereof is a regular Royal Arch Mason in
good standing at this date, and is, at his own request, regularly
discharged from Membership in the Chapter, No. , under
the jurisdiction of the Grand Chapter of .
Given under my Hand and the Seal of the Chapter at
A — , &c
By order, (Signed), A. B.
Proxy for a Chapter appointmg its Delegate to Grand Chapter.
This is to Certify,
That at a — — • Convocation of the Chapter, No.
held on the — — day of A.L., Companion was
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PEESOOTT, 1 865. 347
delegated to represent the said Chapter at the Annual Convo-
cation of Grand Chapter, to be held at , on the day of
, A. L., , and there to perform any and all acts which
could be done by the duly qualified Officers of the said Chapter
were they personally present ; promising to ratify and confirm
all that the said Delegate may lawfully do under such authority.
Given under our hands and the Seal of the Chapter
(Seal.) First Principal Z.
It was moved by K. E. Comp. S. D. Fowler, seconded
by K. E. Comp. Charles D. Macdonnell, and resolved —
That the Constitution, as finally read, be now adopted
and the same confirmed.
The following is a report from the Grand Superinten-
dent of the
To the M. E. the Grand Council, Officers and Companions of the
Grand Royal Chapter of Canada .-
In compliance with the regulation of Grand Chapter, I beg
to submit a brief report of the state of R. A. Masonry in the
Wilson District. The number of Chapters in this District has
not increased since my last report, there being but three. Of
these the "Oxford" Chapter, at Woodstock, is in a highly
prosperous state, the officers being strongly imbued with a love
of our order have spared no pains in qualifying themselves for
conducting the work in the most approved manner, and being
well sustained by the Companions and Brethren, have attained
a high state of efficiency.
348 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
The " Mount Horeb " Chapter, at Brantford, being under my
own guidance perhaps I should not say more than that we are
progressing steadily and striving to acquit ourselves creditably.
The " Ezra " Chapter, at Simcoe, has done no work during the
past year ; the principal officers having been called away on.
duty no meetings were held, I have pleasure in stating however,
that this Chapter has been lately re-organized by Dispensation
from the Grand Z., under officers of energy and zeal, and I feel
assured will soon recover its former prosperity.
All which is most respectfully submitted,
G. Supt., W. D.
The Special Committee to whom was referred the
M. E. Z.'s address, submitted the following
To the Most Excellent the Grand Council and Excellent Companions
in Grand Convocation assembled.
The Special Committee on the Annual address of the M. E. Z.
beg respectfully to submit the following report.
Your Committee have great pleasure in congratulating the
M.E.Z. on the harmony of action and the cordial good will which
has rendered the responsible duties of his high position so
comparatively light and pleasant during the past year.
Your Committee are glad to learn that our subordinate Chapters
are on the increase, and continue their work in harmony so that
a discordant sound has not for the year past, reached Grand
Chapter. It is further most gratifying to observe that our
relations with Sister Grand Bodies are of the most amicable
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 349
nature, as is clearly evinced by the printed proceedings in the
hands of the Grand Scribe E., and they trust the same friendly
intercourse may ever continue.
Your Committee highly appreciate the prudence with which
the M. E. Z. has exercised the dispensing power in filling the
Offices of Principals of subordinate Chapters, and hope with him
that the time is not far distant when by the increase of properly
qualified members, these now called for departures from
constitutional regulations will be found les* and less necessary.
Your Committee deeply sympathize and unite with the M.E.Z.
in the expression of regret for the great loss the Province has
sustained in the death of the late Premier, Sir E. P. Tache, as also
the losses which have been sustained by Royal Arch Masonry
during the past year, thereby dotting the Royal Craft with badges
of mourning- and sorrow ; they earnestly hope that the sentiments
so feelingly embodied by the M. E. Z. for the departed, may be
realized in the, they trust, far off future of every Companion, when
called to pass that dark bourne from whence no traveller returneth.
Your Committee fully enter into the pleasurable feelings with
which the M. E. Z. makes mention of the additional comfort and
happiness afforded by the birth of a Prince to our Most Gracious
Queen and her Illustrious children, who are all so justly dear to
every British subject. Your Committee rejoice likewise with the
M. E. Z. at the cessation of the sad and unnatural warfare, that
has been desolating happy homes, and entailing miseries and
wretchedness upon their inmates for several years past.
In conclusion, your Committee reciprocate the desire expressed
by the M. E. Z. for the future interest of Capitular masonry and
in the name of Grand Chapter tender to him its most hearty
congratulations and earnest desire for his own future personal
health, strength and prosperity.
All which is respectfully submitted.
EDWARD JOHN BARKER.
350 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
It was moved by M. E. Comp. J. C. Franek, seconded
by E. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, and resolved —
That the report of the Committee on the M. E. Z.'s
address, be received and adopted.
The Special Committee to whom was referred the reports
of the Grand Superintendents of Districts, submitted the
The Committee to whom were referred the consideration of
matters contained in the reports of the Grand Superintendents,
beg leave to submit the following :
There have been laid before them reports from the London,
Hamilton, Central, Montreal and the Eastern Townships Districts.
It is gratifying to learn that the Chapters throughout the
Province appear to be all working with that unanimity which so
eminently characterizes our Ancient Order, and it is probably
more a matter of congratulation than otherwise, that their
number is not increasing faster than is really required by the
wants of the Companions, only one new Chapter having been
noticed in the reports before your Committee as having been
erected during the year now closed.
Your Committee are glad to observe a handsome set of Banners
in Grand Chapter, the property of the Chapters of the City of
Hamilton, the presence of which, at this Convocation, has afforded
the representatives in attendance an opportunity to inspect them,
as they are in every respect worthy of commendation.
Your Committee regret to record the removal from among us
by death, of Right Excellent Companion William Bellhouse,
of Hamilton, who assisted at the formation of Grand Chapter,
and for several years held the office of Grand Treasurer.
The question of rightly carrying out the details of work by
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 351
private Chapters as directed by Grand Chapter, both at its last
annual session and previously, has been referred to in one of
the reports before your Committee, it is recommended that the
Grand Superintendents be directed to enforce strictly upon
every Chapter the necessity of complying with the commands
of Grand Chapter in this respect, and in the event of neglect
or refusal on the part of any Chapter within their several
jurisdictions to obey such command, to report the same to the
M. E. Z., so soon as such neglect or refusal becomes known to
Your committee heartily sympathize with Excellent Comp.
Milo, of Kingston, referred to by the G. Sup. for the Central
District, who has had the misfortune at an advanced age to be
suddenly deprived of all his property by fire, and recommend
that the case may be taken up by Grand Chapter, with the view
of affording such alleviation as may be in its power to bestow.
All which is respectfully submitted,
S. D. FOWLER,
It was moved by R. E. Comp. James Seymour, seconded
by It. E. Comp. Thomas McCraken, and resolved —
That the report of the Committee on the condition of
Royal Arch Masonry be received and adopted.
The Special Committee on Audit and Finance submitted
To the Most Excellent Council,
The Committee appointed to audit the accounts, &c, have
examined the books, vouchers, &c, of the Grand Scribe E. and
the Grand Treasurer, and find the same to be -correct.
352 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
The following accounts have been laid before them, which
they have recommended to be paid :
T. & K. White, for Printing Annual proceedings, &c., $89 25
John Ellis, for Printing Certificates 52 00
The Grand Scribe E.— incidental Expenses 39 49
Your Committee find that there has been received on account
of Grand Chapter since the date of the last audit report, the sum
of $484 40, which with the balance in the Grand Treasurer's
hand of $19 74, giving a total of $504 14.
The disbursements for the same period have been $466 42,
leaving a balance in the Grand Treasurer's hands of $37 72.
All of which is most respectfully submitted,
HENRY A. SIMS.
GEO. M. WILKINSON.
Prescott, 8th August, 1865.
It was moved by K.E. Comp. L. H. Henderson, seconded
by E. Comp. John Clarke, and resolved —
That the report of the Committee on Audit and Finance
be received and adopted.
In accordance with notice given,
It was moved by E.E. Comp. L. H. Henderson, seconded
by E. E. Comp. E. J. Barker,
That the next Annual Convocation be held at St.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 353
It was moved by V. E. Comp. Wm. M. Jamieson,
seconded by E. Comp. H. A. Sims,
That the City of Ottawa be the next place of meeting of
A ballot having been taken, it was declared to be in
favor of St. Catharines.
The ballots for the elective Grand Officers, to serve for
the ensuing Masonic year, were passed, and the following
Companions were declared duly elected, viz :
M. E. Comp. T. Douglas Harington, re-elected Grand Z.
R. " "
Charles D. Macdonnell,
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Isaac II. Stearns,
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Alexander S. Kirkpatrick,
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John W. Murton,
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respective Districts, as Grand Superintendents, and
approved by the M. E. Z.
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354 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
The M. E. Z. has been pleased to make the following
appointments to office for the ensuing year :
>. John Dutton,
Grand 1st Asst. Sojourner
A. G. Smyth,
2nd " "
Dir. of Ceremonies
Eobert A. Smith,
Stan. H. Blondheim, u
W. B. Colby,
T. B. Pardee,
Henry A. Sims,
• Grand Stewards.
The Grand Chapter proceeded to ballot for five members
of the Executive Committee for the ensuing year, with the
following result :
M.E. Comp. John C. Franck, K.E. Comp. E. J. Barker,
E. E. Comp. James Moffatt, and E. Comps. H. A. Sims
and John Clarke.
It was moved by E. Comp. John Clarke, seconded by
E. Comp. H. A. Sims, and resolved —
That the M.E.Z. receive particulars having reference to
the causes which have plunged a worthy member of a
Chapter, in Kingston, into distressed circumstances, that
the same may be forwarded to the various Chapters in the
Province, with the view of obtaining for him some
The M. E. Z. installed and invested the elected officers
present, who were proclaimed with the usual masonic
RIGHTH ANNUAL CON VOCATION, PEEScOTT, 180.").
The M.E.Z. directs that each Companion elected OJ
appointed to office, Dot presenting himself for installation
or investiture, is to be installed or invested in the Chaptei
of which he is a member.
The business of Grand Chapter being ended, the rough
minuti u re read and approved.
The Grand Chapter was closed in JUuJjte form
356 GEAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
REPORT ON FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE.
IN pursuance of their pleasing duty of preparing another
annual report on Foreign Correspondence, your Committee have
perused proceedings from the following Grand Chapters : —
1. Scotland 1865
2. California 1864
3. Connecticut 1864
4. Illinois 1864
5. Indiana 1865
6. Iowa 1864
7. 'Kentucky 1864
8. Louisiana 1865
9. Maine 1864
9. Maine 1865
10. Maryland 1864
11. Massachusetts .. 1864
12. Michigan 1864
13. Missouri 1864
14. New Hampshire. 1864
15. New York 1864
16. Vermont 1864
There remain 19 other Grand Chapters in fraternal correspon-
dence with the Grand Chapter of Canada, from whom tidings
have not been received, viz. : — England, Ireland, Alabama,
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey,
North and South Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Your
Committee trust that ere another year rolls round, many if not all
of these will be heard from, and the tongue of good report
proclaim aloud their enduring prosperity.
Your Committee are much gratified to find, from the hasty
perusal they have been enabled to give the various proceedings
in their hands, that a most healthy and satisfactory tone prevails
throughout ; steady advancement being perceptible, and perfect
harmony reigning within their borders. The guiding principle
of each seems to be, who shall best promote those lofty, human-
ising and ennobling virtues taught within our temples ; and
while this spirit exists, there need be no fear of the continued
triumph of Masonry's God-like tenets over the wilder and baser
passions of depraved nature.
EIGITTII ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 180/). 357
The fiery ordeal through which our Companions in the neigh-
boring States have been called to pass, has indeed been a frying
one ; and as (hey received our heartfelt sympathy in their season
of affliction, so now we extend to them our sincere congratulations
on the happy return of peace. War's devastations having ceased
Companions North and South, as members of the same mystic
family, can once more exchange their fraternal greetings, and
mingle with each other as in the past, their mutual feelings of
friendly solicitude and good will. Happily throughout the
unnatural struggle, Masonry exercised a sacred power and a
benign influence that perhaps its most ardent supporters could
scarcely have anticipated, in view of the merciless rancour too often
shown. That influence will now tend in a great degree to bind
those cherished principles still closer to their hearts, and give
them greater confidence in the stability and truth of its venerated
and immutable teachings.
While pursuing their analysis, your Committee have perceived
many subjects discussed by sister Grand Chapters of more than
passing interest to the Royal Craft in Canada. These it has
been their endeavour to epitomise and present for reflection in as
brief and intelligible a manner as possible. Should the repro-
duction of these topics be conducive to local information, your
Committee will feel more than repaid for the attention devoted
to them ; and should an increased interest in the advancement
of Capitular Masonry follow, it will be a source of extreme
pleasure that so desirable a consummation ensues from their
Without further digression, your Committee herewith submit
their report, beginning with an interesting synopsis from the
proceedings of the Supreme Grand Chapter of
The Annual Reporter from this Supreme Grand Chapter covers
the year from 31st March, 18G4, to the same date, 1SG5. It
presents a valuable compendium of information on the condition of
358 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
Royal Arch Masonry in all Chapters under the jurisdiction of
Scotland. Six new Chapters received warrants during the year,
and a dormant one was revived. There are 104 Chapters
ou the roll, of which 32 are reported dormant or defunct.
At the quarterly Committee meeting held June 15, 1864, the-
G. S. E. presented a copy of last proceedings of the Grand
Chapter of Canada, for which thanks were voted. At the same
meeting R. E. Comp. Wm. Hay, tendered his resignation as
representative of the Grand Chapter of Scotland at this Grand
Chapter, owing to his leaving Canada permanently to reside in
Edinburgh. The resignation was accepted with regret, and a
vote of thanks given for past services. The G. S. E. was alse
instructed <c to request the Grand Chapter of Canada to furnish
the names of three Companions, from whom the Supreme Grand
Chapter may select one to be their representative."
A Companion of a Scotch Chapter having been refused
admission into an English one, a correspondence ensued, which
resulted in the following explanation from the Grand Chapter of
England, which was accepted as satisfactory : —
"That a fraternal communication be made to the Grand
Chapter of Scotland, to the effect that this Grand Chapter justly
recognises the right of all regularly exalted E. A, Masons,
holding under the Grand Chapter of Scotland, to admission into
any English Chapter, when duly open for work, provided the
regulations laid down in the Constitution are complied with.
That this Grand Chapter would not only exceedingly regret that
any Scotch or other regularly exalted R. A. Mason should be
refused admission into an English Chapter, but would visist with
its severe displeasure any subordinate Chapter which should
refuse admission to any such R. A. Mason who was personally
known to, recommended, or well vouched for, after due examina-
tion by one of the Companions present. That this Grand Chapter
believes that the visiting Companion in question did not exhibit
his certificate, or so comply with the regulations regarding visitors
as to justify the Companions present in admitting him, hence
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An interchange of representatives having been sought by tin
Grand Chapter of Scotland, the English Grand body thus explains
why the proposal cannot be complied with : —
" That as regards an interchange of representatives, this Grand
Chapter desires to explain, that in England the Holy Royal Arch
is considered as supplemental to and forming the completion of
the Master Mason's degree, and that consequently all interchange
of representatives between the supreme Masonic authority in
England and other countries, has been and is confined to the
Grand Lodge ; and this Grand Chapter having no representative
at or from any other Grand Chapter, is of opinion that it would
be undesirable at present to depart from its usual practice."
A lengthy Committee report is given " with reference to the
status and position of the degree of Mark Master in England
and Wales, especially in connection with its working under the
jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Mark Masters of England,
Wales, and the Colonies and possessions of the British Crown."
This report arises from the application of the so called Grand
Lodge of Mark Masters for recognition by the Grand Chapter of
Scotland as the head of the order in England, though it is
ignored by the Grand Chapter and Grand Lodge of thai country.
After narrating a variety of historical facts connected with the
working of the Mark degree in symbolic Lodges, from time
immemorial down to 185G, when the Grand Mark Lodge was
formed: the report states that the Grand Chapter and Grand
Lodge of Scotland appointed joint committees to place the degree
on a proper footing, which they did in a ieri< <■■ r< olutions still
in force, as follows : —
"1; That all Lodges under the Grand Lodge of Scotland ball
be allowed to work the Mark degree in virtue <>< 1ii»- charters
they already possess. 2. That to prevent confusion with
brethren belonging to Lodges out of this kingdom, or with sister
Grand Lodges, this degree, although held to be a. Becond part of
the F. C degree, shall only be conferred on Master Masons,
and the Secrete shall only l)e eommunicated in presence of those who
have taken it either from a Lodge or Chapter entitled to graft! i?
3. That iho Grand Lodg<- ind Grand Chapter <>f Scotland
360 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
shall adopt the same ritual in conferring the degree, being that
now adjusted by their respective committees. 4. That any
candidate applying for the R.A. degree, if he has received the
Mark in a regular Lodge, shall not be required to take it a
second time from the Chapter in which he seeks admission ; but
if he has not received it, he shall be obliged to take it from the
Chapter. 5. That in the R. A. degrees, the Mark shall be
reckoned as the fourth degree in Masonry. 6. That nothing in
these regulations shall interfere with the superintendence over
Mark Masonry out of Scotland, claimed by the Grand Chapter,
or with Lodges holding of it in England or abroad."
The report further states, " that the Mark degree, whether
viewed, separately or as a part of the F. C. degree, is now recog-
nized and worked in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and all the
Grand Lodges and Chapters of the United States, England being
the only country in which the English language is spoken where
the degree is not recognized, either by Grand Lodge or
Chapter." The position assumed by England in relation to
this degree, is thus set forth : —
" In England the working of the Mark degree has been more or
less in abeyance, its estimation varying according to circumstan
ces. In the colonies much difficulty has arisen from the establish-
ment of Lodges under different jurisdictions, some recognizing
the degree and others ignoring it. To remedy this state of things,
and to restore the degree to its rightful position in the Masonic
system, an attempt was made to obtain its recognition by the
Grand Lodge of England, and a joint committee of members of
that Grand Lodge and of the Grand Chapter was appointed to
investigate and report upon the subject. The committee reported
the Mark degree as in their opinion not positively essential, but a
graceful appendage to the F.C. degree, which report was appro-
ved by the M. W. G. M., and unanimously adopted by Grand
Lodge in March, 1856. At the ensuing Quarterly Meeting,
on special motion, duly proposed and seconded, that portion of
the previous minutes referring to the Mark degree was non-con-
firmed, and the status in quo ante was resumed."
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TRESOOTT, 18G5. 361
In this position of affaire, the committee did not feel justified
in recommending tlic recognition of the Grand Mark Lodge, or
the recall of the Mark "Warrants issued by the Grand Chapter
of Scotland, But they urged that steps be taken to secure the
concurrence of the Grand Chapter and Lodge of England in
placing the Mark degree upon the same footing as it is in Ireland,
Scotland, Canada and America. Should the Grand bodies of
England agree to this, the committee express their willingness
to cancel the Mark Warrants issued by their Grand Chapter,
which would in effect remove the cause for the existence of the
so-called Grand Mark Lodge.
The report was adopted, and a memorial prepared as
suggested, to the Grand Chapter and Lodge of England, " hoping
that some arrangement may be made which will have the effect
of bringing about a similarity of working in the two countries,
which, from their close proximity, is much to be desired ; and
that in this way the proper place may be assigned to the Mark
degree in the degrees of Masonry." Copies of this memorial
arc also to be sent to the Grand Chapters and Lodges of Ireland
and Canada, and to all Scotch Mark Lodges.
Your Committee sincerely trust that the action of the Grand
Chapter of ScotlaniF in relation to the Mark degree may prove
Buccessful, as no good reason can be assigned for continuing the
uiamolous position in which it is now placed in England.
Most E. Comp. J. Whyte Melville was re-elected G. Z., and
K. E. Comp. Lindsay Mackersy, G. S. E.
The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of California
w&a commenced in the Masonic Temple, San Francisco, on the
6th October, 1864— M. E. Comp. E. II. Van Decar, G. H. P.,
presiding, and Lawrence C. Owen, Grand Secretary. Represen-
tatives were present from twenty-nine of the thirty-four Chapters
working under the jurisdiction.
The opening address of the Grand High Priest was brief, but
to the point ; reviewing in glowing terms the progress of.
Capitular Masonry within the Stale during his term of office.
After returning thanks to Him who doeth all things well, for
362 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
blessings and bounties bestowed upon them, he thus appropriately
alludes to the responsibilities devolving upon representatives at
Grand Convocations :
" These constantly recurring periods which the rules of repre-
sentative bodies assign for themselves, and at which they meet
in Convocation to exercise those powers confided to them, are
fraught with a responsibility that is not always appreciated by the
actors ; not that they are unmindful of the duty they owe to
those who clothed them with delegated authority, but that, in
the exercise of their privileges, they too often forget that the
laws and landmarks, which have been the result of the wisdom
of centuries, are immutable, and that the progressive character of
the present age is not always conducive to the welfare of the
human race. History will devote to the present period an
important page. In many things, its dark actions will be
told by the same pen that records the deeds of its heroes ;
and thul, our Order will not be conspicuous therein, is in
consequence of its most venerable characteristics being
remembered ; for by adhering to that conservatism which should
always be observed by its votaries, and which has preserved it
through decades of centuries, and convulsions of kingdoms and
empires, we are permitted to assemble and kneel around our
sacred altar, and invoke the blessings of the great I AM. Our
relations to Capitulary Masonry, and to our Companions, are
most important. The voluntary ties and obligations assumed by
us should be ever present in our minds. We have knelt at the
holy altar of the inner Temple, — the Sanctum Sanctorum of
Ancient Free Masonry — and there received those exemplary
lessons of morality and benevolence which never should be lost
sight of. A frequent recurrence to the sublime principles we
profess, cannot fail to inculcate and enforce an abiding line of
virtue and practical beneficence."
A complaint was preferred against " Sacremcnto" Chapter,
No. 3, for conferring degrees upon four candidates residing within
the territorial limits of " Delta " Chapter No. 27, without
permission. The offending Chapter was ordered to pay to the
aggrieved one all monies received from the candidates for
degrees so conferred.
eigiitii annual convocation, prescott, 1865. 3G3
The finances appear iu a very healthy state, the receipts of
the year being $3,309.04, against an expenditure of $3,152.97 —
surplus, $156.07. The total membership of the 34 Chapter.- is
given at 12SS ; exaltations, 146 ; deaths, 21 ; excluded, 13.
The Report on Foreign Correspondence is very cleverly
drawn up, reflecting much credit on the judgment and ability of
Comp. L. C. Owen, as Chairman. The entire proceedings also
partake of a carefulness in compilation and typographical
neatness that is truly meritorious.
The commendable custom prevails in this Grand Chapter of
having portraits of all Past Grand High Priests taken, and
preserved with its property and records.
M. E. Companion Isaac Davis was elected Grand High Priest,
and R. E. Companion L. C. Owen, re-elected Grand Secretary.
The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held at
the Teinple, City of New Haven, on the 10th of May, 1864,
R. E. Companion, E. G. Storer, Grand Secretary. There were 22
subordinate Chapters represented, out of 27 on the roll ; members
affiliated, 1926 ; exaltations, 167 ; died, 45 ; total receipts, $500.
Franklin Chapter No. 2, New Haven, returned 228 members.
The Grand High Priest delivered a very interesting and
eloquently written address, in which he rapturously depicts the
tranquil prosperity vouchsafed to Capitular Masonry within his
bounds during his official term. He says " a fair amount of work
has been done, and although the number admitted may not be ae
large as in previous years, I am satisfied that the quality of the
material added to our glorious superstructure is such as -will be
approved by the Master Builder. The utmost harmony and peace
prevails throughout our entire jurisdiction, and not a single ease
of grievance or complaint has been reported to me." During the
year he visited several Chapters, and observing in them many
irregularities which should not prevail in any well-governed
masonic assemblage, he thus pertinently alludes to tin; subject :
364 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
" While I have found much to commend, I also thought it my
duty to call attention to many irregularities which exist in some
Chapters ; and although they maybe thought trivial in themselves,
they detract much from the beauty and interest of the work and
from the proper government of the chapters. Among others, I
allude to the entering and leaving the Chapter without saluting
or permission of the High Priest, and during some of the most
solemn part of the work ; conversation carried on by Companions
around the Chapter, and sometimes not in a very low key ; opening
and shutting doors, when the utmost silence should prevail ;
neglect of the Secretary to read the minutes of the preceding
Convocation, and in one instance at the annual Convocation for
the election of officers ; the officers not occupying their proper
places in the Chapter ; the ' calling off,' or, as may be found
in some records, adjourning the Chapter from one convocation to
another. I trust my allusions to these irregularities have been
received in the true spirit, leaving no ungenerous feelings to
become a bane."
He next refers in feeling terms to the death of three worthy
Companions, whose lives were lost in battle ; to the duties
imposed upon true Craftsmen by the unholy strife then raging, to
relieve the needy, to sympathize with the bereaved, to succor
the afflicted ; and finally he exhorts them to practice charity in
its broadest significance, without which the spirit of masonry
will cease to influence them. His remarks on this head are so
appropriate that we cannot do better than reproduce them : —
" That charity which suffercth long and is kind, which
vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself
unseemly, and which thinketh no evil — and that brotherly love
which unites men of every country, sect and opinion, and
concilliates true friendship among them — seem to be exiled from
the hearts of many of the brethren of the mystic tie. You may
know such by their intemperate zeal in the defence of their
own ' views, and the malignity with which they pursue and
denounce those who differ from them. With more zeal than
reason or virtue, with more loyalty to their own personal or
partizan schemes than to their country, and with no regard to
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESOOTT, 1865. 865
the rights or feelings of others, they breed contention, hatred and
strife among all with whom they associate. To subdue the
passions and practice Charity, the first lessons taughl in masonry,
tlicy have never learned. Willi prejudice unchecked, and
coloring everything that passes within the range of their mental
i, they do not possess magnanimity enough to do justice
to those who differ from them. Such nun arc neither good
masons nor good citizens. Those of yon who have seen this
spirit, severing the ties of affection between those in whose \
run the same blood, dividing our ehurches, and even raising its
unholy hand at the table of the Lord, will not censure me for
cautioning you against its influence in our beloved < )rder. This
spirit we must discountenance and subdue, by opposing to it
true masonic charity ; and if we do not succeed in saving all
our brethren from its influence, we may hope to prevent, its
working serious injury to our Order."
The report on Foreign Correspondence is by R. E. Comp.
E. G. Storer, and comprises an able review of the proceedings of
iifteen Grand Chapters, Canada for lSG^J amongst the number.
Copious extracts are given from the latter, including the entire
introduction to the Foreign Correspondence, to which partial
exception is taken, because it disapproves of the unseemly
discussion of political subjects, inimical to masonry, by too many
of our American Companions. Cordially endorsing, as we do,
the truly Masonic doctrine laid down by R. E. Comp. Curtis on
this head, we mil to perceive wherein he has done the slightest
injustice to any one in the sentiments uttered. Certainly, if the
discussion of political ethics is forbidden within our portals,
surely they should also be excluded from addresses and reports
appearing in our proceedings. And if Committees will persist
in dilating upon such topics, they must expect fair criticism.
Most Excellent Companion Asa Smith was elected G. H. P.,
and R. E. Companion E. G. Storer, Grand Secretary.
The Fifteenth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of
this State w t As held in the Masonic Hall, Springfield, on the 7th
366 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
of October, 1S64. M. E. Ooinp. II. W. Hubbard, G. H. P.,
presiding, and R. E. Oomp. H. G. Reynolds, Grand Secretary.
Forty-one Chapters were represented, out of sixty-three in the
jurisdiction. Nine new Chapters received Warrants. Returns
were submitted by 57. Fifteen made no returns, four of which
were declared dormant. Total membership reported, 2,336 ; .
exaltations, 635 ; expelled, 2; deaths, 31 ; receipts, $5,156.
The G. II. P.'s address is chiefly devoted to a record of official
acts performed during his incumbency, in which time he says
" Nothing has occurred to disturb the peace and harmony
prevailing within our bounds, no complaint of any kind being
brought to my notice." Having granted a dispensation to several
Companions to form a Military Chapter, at Columbus, Ky., —
within the jurisdiction of another Grand Chapter — he thus alludes
to a visit paid it by invitation of the H. P. :—
" In October, at the earnest solicitation of Comp. 0. S. Vaughan,
H.P., of ' Asboth ' Chapter, U.D., I visited Columbus, Ky., to
ascertain its condition. I went there strongly prejudiced against
military Lodges or Chapters ; made the acquaintance of officers
and members ; examined their work and assisted in conferring
degrees ; and from the general conduct of its members, the
frequent rejection of petitions, I was forced to the conclusion
that the interest and prosperity of the Royal Craft could be
promoted in the armies of our country, as well as in our peaceful
and quiet retreats at home. Most of their members are officers in
the army and navy — some high in rank — and where, I ask,
could they better spend their leisure hours (surrounded, as they
are, with the vices and allurements which a soldier's life is
heir to) than in that sacred retreat where there is not heard the
sound of axe, hammer, or any tool of iron?"
Whatever palliation can be offered for the issue of a dispensa-
tion to military companions residing within the limits of his own
State, we think the G. H. P. of Illinois will experience some
difficulty in justifying or finding a precedent for the exercise of
that authority outside his jurisdiction. It may be true that " a
soldier's leisure hours could not be better spent than in the sacred
retreat of a Royal Arch Chapter ;" yet it is a debateable question
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TRESCOTT, 18G5, 36*7
how far the real advancement of the Royal Art is promoted by
illegally creating an itinerant Chapter for that purpose. Usually
military Lodges or Chapters are restricted in the choice of
candidates to military men ; but in this instance no such restric-
tion was complied with ; for the wielders of plough-shares and
prnning-hooks were admitted with the same readiness as
the bearers of swords and spears. The dispensation to this
Chapter seems to have been granted to enable certain work
to be performed, for when that was completed the Gr. II. P.
revoked his authority and ordered the records to be
transferred to another Chapter. Nearly all the sister Grand
Chapters whose correspondence your Committee have perused,
discuss the points of jurisprudence involved in the issue of
tlii- dispensation, and in every case adverse judgment is given.
By a disastrous fire at Cairo, your Committee regret to learn
that the G.II.P. suffered severely, losing nearly all his property
and masonic documents, he and his family narrowly escaping
with their lives. The Grand Chapter generously voted $200
towards relieving his misfortunes.
The Deputy G. H. P. reports granting four dispensations for
new Chapters, thus exercising an authority co-equal with his
superior, the right to which is questioned in many jurisdictions.
The Committee on Foreign Correspondence ably review the
proceedings of fourteen Grand Chapters — Canada for 1863
included, but very briefly. The proceedings are neatly printed
and carefully compiled.
M. E. Comp. W. M. Egan was elected G. H. P., and R. E.
Comp. II. G. Reynolds, Grand Secretary.
The Twentieth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of
Indiana was convened in the Grand Masonic Hall, Indianapolis,
on the 17th of May, 1S65. R. E. Comp. E. H. Davis, D. G. H.
P., presiding, owing to the illness of M. E. Comp. S. D. Bayless,
G. H. P., and E. E. Comp. W. Hacker, Grand Secretary.
368 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
Forty-one chapters were represented, out of fifty-one on the roll.
Total membership, seventeen hundred and three ; exaltations,
two hundred and fifty-seven ; expelled, one ; deaths, thirty- two ;
receipts $1967. The address of the G. H. P. was read by
the Grand Secretary. It relates chiefly to official acts performed
during the year, and presents little of interest to this jurisdiction,
beyond the fact that " harmony and order continue to prevail,
and all the Chapters have prospered beyond precedent." The
return of peace to their country is also appropriately referred to,
and a feeling tribute paid to the memory of the late President
Lincoln, whose untimely death is fitly characterized as an act of
atrocity that shocked the world. We are sure that in his closing
remarks the G. H. P. has the condolence of all Royal Arch
Masons who will read them :
" Companions, in conclusion, I must express my regret and
sorrow in not being able to write a report on Foreign Correspon-
dence, or even meet you face to face, and grasp your hands as
my heart desires. Confined to my room for the last week with
severe illness, I write these closing lines with a feeble hand. In
tendering you, one and all, my fraternal thanks for past respect
and honors, if not permitted to meet again in Grand Chapter
upon earth, may we all meet in the tabernacle of God." So
mote it be.
Memorial pages record the virtues and worth of two old
members of this Grand Chapter — Comp. F. King, for fifteen years
Grand Secretary, and Comp. C. Carter, for twenty years an
active working member.
M. E. Comp. Thos. Pattison was elected G. H. P., and R. E.
Comp. Wm, Hacker, Grand Secretary.
The Tenth Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was
held in Corinthian Hall, Des Moines, on the 4th of June, 1864.
M. E. Comp. W. E. Woodward, G. H. P., presiding, and R. E.
Comp. W. B. Langridge, Grand Secretary. Twelve Chapters
had representatives in attendance, out of twenty-eight on the roll,
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRE3COTT, 18G5. 360
two of which have been declared dormant. Total membership,
live hundred and eighty-seven ; exaltations, sixty -four ; expelled,
nine; deaths, twelre. Receipts $685, and invested in 6-20 bonds,
The address of the G. H. P. is interesting in a local point of
view, but it does not contain anything of special importance
worthy of reproduction here. The ravages of the Mar are
lamented ; official acts and visitations arc reported; deaths of
several eminent companions are feelingly dwelt upon; and the
complete destruction of a Chapter and Blue Lodge at Camanche
by a tornado is announced.
A resolution to abolish the office of Deputy Grand High Priest
appears in the proceedings ; but as only sixteen Chapters support
it, instead of a two-third majority of eighteen, further considera-
tion is deferred till next annual Convocation.
The Report on Foreign Correspondence is by R. E. Comp.
Langridge, who ably reviews the proceedings of sixteen Grand
Chapters — Canada for 1S63 included. Referring to the remark
of Comp. Curtis on the war, he says : " Let him place himself on
our side of the line, and there is little doubt that some things he
sees in one light now might appear so strongly in another, that
he might not think that the 'purity' of his masonry would be
much tarnished if he spoke quite plainly his sentiments in behalf
of what he thought the cause of right and justice against lawL a*
ness and crime." Change of positiou might make some
difference, when the genuine teachings of our order are Lost
sight of in the heat of the moment ; but we arc much mistaken
if our American Companions do not come to our view of the
question, when that heat has given place to calmer reflection and
the mellowing influence of peace has exerted its proper sway.
Let charily once prevail, and we shall nol Bee Buch topi<
discussed in Masonic proceedings.
We are glad to find our Iowa Companions holding thi
following truly Masonic language in reference t<> quackery on
ritualism, of which there 'has been BO much thai it ifi a WOndei
tin. 1 shadow of the original remains : —
" The Chapter ritual has been tinkered, doctored and cobbled
370 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
by so many persons, learned and unlearned, privates and profes-
sionals, from the highest officer of General Grand Chapter to the
latest maker of a text-book, that it is not to be wondered at that
Gomp. A., in the Grand Chapter of Z., should be fearful lest Comp.
B. should introduce some terrible innovation on his work — that
work which he has been industriously improving and changing*
and polishing and filing for so many years, and striving to
introduce into his jurisdiction ; and which, now that he has lived
long enough and stuck so tenaciously to his purpose, has become
the authority there, and is becoming so generally acquiesced in,
that he hopes in a few years to secure partial uniformity ! Just
as though B. was not as good authority as A. or C, they being
all alike without authority, made up too often of muddled
recollections, pieced out with the fantasies of their god-fathers,
and well enough to do in the world if they escape the most bare-
faced contradictions or gross blunders."
Through the medium of this Report we have tidings from
Minnesota for 1861-63, no Convocation being held in 1862.
Steady progress seems to mark their onward march, and the
only subject discussed by them is the General Grand Chapter,
whose continuance they strongly support. The proceedings of
Ohio for 1863 are also noticed, and a lengthy argument by Comp.
Parks, against what they term "substitutes " is copied. The
pith of this is, that after diligent enquiry from England and
other sources of authority, he finds that it is not indispensable to
exalt three candidates at one time, but Avhen convenient it is
better to do so. He closes his argument thus : —
" And now, in view of the facts stated, I am compelled to
recede from the opinion heretofore held of the illegality of
substitutes in the R. A. Degree. And, as I no longer regard
Webb's charge as embodying a fundamental principle of the
degree, but simply as apart of the many Americanisms that have
attached to almost every branch of Masonry in the United States,
and considering it a legitimate subject for legislation, I therefore
recommend it to your careful consideration, hoping that some
plan may be devised by which the question will be set at rest."
M. E. Comp. L. S. Swafford was elected G. H. P. and R. E.
Comp. "W. B. Langridge, Grand Secretary.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PREBOOTT, 1865. 371
The Annual ConTOcatioD of this Grand Chanter was held at the
Masonic Temple, Louisville, on the 19th October, L863 —
M. E. Comp. T. Sadler, G. IT. P., presiding, and R. K. Com]).
P. Swigert, Grand Secretary. Thirty-seven chapters were repre-
sented out of seventy-seven on the roll ; forty-three returned ten
hundred and eighty members ; one hundred and nine exaltations ;
two expulsions ; twenty-three deaths, and thirty-four made no
returns, which is accounted for by the disturbed state of the
eountry preventing their working. One new Chapter received
a warrant, and one a dispensation ; receipts of year $1694 ; total
resources in stocks, &c, $7,061. This is one of the richesl
Grand Chapters in the American Union, and we rejoice to learn
that nowhere is the duty of relieving the distressed more
The G. II. P.'s address is very brief, merely referring to local
business and the stagnation in work compared with more prosperous
periods. The hope is expressed that " a speedy re-union of full
fellowship and brotherly love may soon ensue," to which we
cordially say, Amen.
The report on Foreign Correspondence reviews the doings of
thirteen Grand Chapters, and those of Canada for 1SG2, are
fraternally noticed by the Chairman.
M. E. Comp. S. D. McCullough was elected G. II. P., and
R. E. Comp. P. Swigert, Grand Secretary.
Another Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held
in the same city on the 17th October, l s <;i. M. E. Comp. S. 1)
McCullough, G. II. 1'.. presiding, and R. E. Companion
P. Swigert, Grand Secretary. Forty-four Chapters wer<
represented, on: oi eighty-two on the roll. On< new Chapter
ved a warrant, and four win empowered to work
under dispensation. Fifty-two Chapters return one thou
dine hundred and eighty-nine members; two hundred and tw< in j
one exaltations; two expulsion thirty-one deaths, and thirty
made no returns j receipts, $1,536; resou. 136.
372 GU AND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
The opening remarks of the venerable G. H. P. are some-
what unique in style of composition, and evince more research
in scriptural quotations than usually characterize masonic
addresses. He takes special pains to impress upon Companions
that " Masonry is not religion, nor can it save one soul of the
countless hosts who have assisted in its ceremonies ; but a calm
reliance upon the Lamb of God can only be depended upon for time
and eternity." We think few will dispute this view in the present
day ; but it should not be forgo tton that Masonry has ever been
and is still an invaluable hand-maiden of religion. He very
properly condemns a mischievous combination called " Conser-
vators," whose object is to obtain control of Grand Chapter, and
force the adoption of their peculiar nostrums of ritual ; " to drive
from office all old masons who adhere to any other system ; to
depreciate and diminish their influence ; to create jealousies and
divisions amongst them, and to attack and drive them from all
participation in the business and councils of the Craft." We trust
the ramifications of these conspirators are not extensive ; but in
any case they should be dealt with firmly and taught a lesson of
obedience never to be forgotten. His closing remarks are so very
expressive and chastely couched, that we cannot omit reproduc-
ing them as a sample of the entire address : "As each revolving
year brings with it the fulfilment of prophetic visions, old
Masonry lifts her time-honored head, covered with the snows of
nearly 5,000 years, and chants in harmony with the noble old
songs of the illustrious patriarchs, prophets and apostles. Extol
Him that rideth upon the heavens by His name JAH. Him
that oyercomcth will I make a pillar in the temple of my God.
Alleluia ! Worthy is the Lamb that was slain."
The report on Foreign Correspondence is by the Grand
Secretary, who briefly notices Canada for 1863, in the twelve
Grand Chapter proceedings reviewed.
M. E. Comp. W. E. Robinson was elected G. H. P., and the
Grand Secretary was re-elected.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 373
The eighteenth Aimual Convocation of this Grand ( haptei was
held in the Grand Lodge Hall, New Orleans, on the 1 1th
February, 1S65 — M. E. Cornp. H. R. Swasey, G. II. P., presiding,
and R. E. Comp. S. M.Todd, Grand Secretary. Two successive
years had elapsed without Convocations being held, owing to the
want of a quorum ; and the one under notice had only six
Chapters represented out of twenty-five on the roll. Returns
from fifteen show six hundred and seventy-five members ;
two hundred and two exaltations ; fifty deaths : and ten Chapters
made no returns. Receipts, $17G9.96.
The address of the G. H. P. relates solely to matters of local
import, and the sad influence exerted by the civil war on the
prosperity of Capitular -Masonry for the time being. The deaths
of several eminent Companions are alluded to in appropriate I
of regret, and memorial pages record their virtues. All the
Chapters heard from are working regularly and pro
dily, and the belief is expressed that the year will do! |
without a complete revival of all the Chapters in the
A decision was given by the G. 11. P. that an honorary
member cannot, hold office in a Chapter.
The Committee on Foreign Correspondence acknowledge the
receipt of proceedings from twenty-seven Grand Chapters,
including Canada for 1863-64 j but owing to the lengthened
absence of two of its members, and other causes, no report was
prepared. Comp. J. Q. A. Fellows is chairman.
The M. E. Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were
The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held in the
Masonic Hall, Portland, on the 2nd May, 1864— M. E. Comp.
J. J. Bell, G. H. P., presiding, and R. E. Comp. Ira Berry,
Grand Secretary. The thirteen Chapters in the State were all
represented, and four under dispensation received warrants. —
374 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
They unitedly return eight hundred and seventy-seven members,
and oiu' hundred and ninety-nine exaltations. Ten years
previously they had only eight Chapters, four hundred members,
and ninety-seven exaltations. The steady increase is manifest.
This Grand Body has a benevolent fund of $1482, the interest of
which is applied to relief.
In his address the G. H. P. reports a number of official
visitations and decisions. He holds that a Chapter under
dispensation has no other members than those named in the
document, and that none other are entitled to ballot. Also, that
several Companions residing in Maine, who were exalted in New
Brunswick Chapters working under Irish Warrants, are entitled
to recognition as R. A. Masons. Though the invasion of the
jurisdiction of Maine is apparent, he courteously waives all
complaint, as the work was done in good faith, and the Chapters
most concerned made no objection. Finding a growing desire to
have Chapter degrees conferred sooner than one month from the
reception of petitions, he recommends a fee being charged as a
check, as well as to add to Grand Chapter revenue. A fee of $5
has accordingly been fixed. He reports the death of Comp.
A. Shirley, Grand Secretary from 1830 to 1848, when loss of
sight compelled him to resign. A memorial page records his
worth, as also that of Comps. Chase and Coffin, both P. G. H.
Priests, and the latter P. G. M. " at a time when anti-masonic
violence scattered from our altars all who could not bear perse-
The Committee on jurisprudence report, " that when a new
Chapter is constituted and chartered, its members necessarily
cease to be members of their original Chapters."
The report on Foreign Correspondence is an able review of
the proceedings of seventeen Grand bodies ; Canada for 1863
included. The extracts culled from our transactions are
fraternally introduced, and a kind spirit pervades where
exception is taken. Comp. Pearl is the talented Chairman.
M.E. Comp. A. J. Fuller was elected G.H.P., and R.E. Comp.
Ira Berry, re-elected Grand Secretary.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 1865. $75
Another Annual Convocatioo of this Grand Chapter was held
in the same city, on the Isl May. 18G5 — M.E.Oomp. A. J. Fulh r,
(J. II. P., presiding; and R. E. Comp. Berry, Grand Secret
Every Chapter in the State (seventeen in all) was represented,
and two undeT dispensation received warrants. The returns
show eleven hundred and sixty-five members ; two hundred and
sixty ttations, and eleven deaths. Receipts, $1,337,
besides 81,49] in Charity Fund, with interest for relief, $112.95.
The (J.H.IVs address is confined solely to local matters. Aftei
felicitating his Companions on peace prospects, and deploring
the assassination of their chief magistrate, he records the death
of Comp. Cyril Pearl, for fourteen years chairman of the Maine
Committee on Foreign Correspondence, through which his name
become familiar to every jurisdiction in America. The
demise of this eminent Masonic reviewer is justly regarded as an
irreparable loss ; and, well knowing his worth, the Committee
of condolence truly say : —
" His devotion to Masonry, and his ardent and unceasing
labors to promote its prosperity, entitle him to a place in our
most grateful remembrance. His pen was ever ready, and as
chairman of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence for bo
many years, he has achieved a national repute, and his death
will be lamented in every Grand Chapter on this continent. Tie
fulfilled from his earliest entrance upon the duties of life the
apostolic injunction, 'be instant in season and out of season.'
Words fail us to set forth a just appreciation of our loss. We
can only bow in humble submission to this decree of the Grand
High Priest above, consoling ourselves with the thought that our
Loss is his eternal gain."
As the deceased companion was well known to the Canadian
Craft, having on several occasions visited our Grand Lodge and
Grand Chapter, we feel certain that they will read this
intimation, that be will no more mingle with us here below, with
unfeigned regret. His works, however, survive him, and while
they remain extant, the memory of Cyril Pearl will ever be
dear to Royal Arcb Masons.
To mark their appreciation of the eminent services of Most
3Y6 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA.
Excellent Companion Albert G. Mackay, G. H. P. of the General
Grand Chapter, the sum of three-hundred dollars was unani-
mously voted to him.
The report on Foreign Correspondence is by Companion
Drummond, and covers the doings of fourteen Grand Chapters
— Canada for 1S64 included. It is brief, and instead of treating
each jurisdiction separately as heretofore, the leading topics are
summarised under general heads, and argued on their merits.
The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were both
The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Maryland
and the District of Columbia was convened in the Masonic II all,
Baltimore, on the 14th of November, 1864,— M. E. Comp. J. L.
Yeates, G. II. P., presiding, and R. E. Comp. W. M. Smith,
Grand Secretary. Eight chapters wore represented out of ten
on the roll ; nine furnished returns, showing seven hundred and
thirteen members, one hundred and eighty-four exaltations, and
nine deaths. Receipts, $539 50.
A Special Convocation was also held on the third of the same
month, to attend the funeral of the late Comp. Jas. Stirratt, P. G.
K., at which resolutions of condolence were passed, deeply sym-
pathising with his family in their bereavement.
The admirable address of the G. H. P. breathes a truly
Masonic spirit in reference to their national troubles, and conveys
the gratifying information that R. A. Masonry in this jurisdic-
tion has flourished beyond all precedent, and is still moving
onward and forward, expanding and spreading, with profit to
themselves and advantage to the community. He says the
resolutions requiring all candidates to prove their proficiency in
preceding degrees before exaltation, has been strictly complied
with, and the consequence is, that all who aid and assist in
carrying on the work or go abroad, are in a position to do credit
to their sources of light. He decides :
1. That a non affiliated Master Mason cannot receive chapter
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PBESOOTT, 1 805. 371
2. That one who had lost bia arm in battle could no! be
exalted, though previously balloted for and accepted.
:;. That conferring chapter degrees by proxy is a monBtroui
custom, and should not bo entertained for a moment.
4. That the too common practice of calling off and resuming
labor by proclamation, without regularly opening and closing in
due form, is wrong and should be stopped ; ami.
5. That the genera! Grand Chapter having radically changed it
constitution, Maryland is absolved from all obligations to it.
A general desire having been expressed in favor of forming a
new Grand Chapter for the District of Columbia, a committee was
appointed to confer upon what terms, if any, a separation can l><
accomplished, said committee to report to a special convocation
t«» be convened for the consideration of the report when ready.
No report was submitted by the committee on Fori
Correspondence, of which Comp. E. L. Stevens is chairman.
The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary woe both
The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held in
Freemason's Hall, Boston, on the 13th September, l^*il — M. E.
Oomp. S. Thornton, G.H.P., presiding, and R.E. Companion T.
Waterman, Grand Secretary. Seventeen Chapters irere
represented, out of twenty-eight in the jurisdiction. The returns
shown very satisfactory state of things in membership and work,
which have greatly increased since the previous year. The
number of members are two thousand four hundred and sixty -
nine; exaltations, six hundred and nine, or three hundred and
nine more than in 18G3. The state of their funds is not mentioned,
nor are any other statistics given.
Reports of three quarterly meetings are also given, the doings
at which were confined to matters of a routine nature, possessing
no interest here.
No address was delivered by the G. H. P., at least inn
published; but, to make up for its absence, an elaborate report
on Foreign Correspondence appears from the pen of Companion
378 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
J. Kimball, who, in a kindly spirit, reviews the proceedings of
fourteen Grand Chapters — Canada, for 1863, included. In
introducing the report, he thus apprises us of a severe loss
suffered by the fraternity, in the destruction of their handsome
Hall and offices by fire :
" On the 6th of April, 1864, the Winthrop House, in the city '
of Boston, owned by the Grand Lodge of this State, in which
were the beautiful Masonic apartments occupied by the several
Grand and subordinate bodies meeting in the city, — was entirely
consumed by fire. The valuable Masonic Library, consisting of
upwards of one-thousand volumes — many of them of priceless
value — its series of portraits of former Grand Masters, with all
of the costly banners, regalia, and decorations owned by the
various bodies, were entirely consumed. May it be the privilege
of our brethren to behold ere long the commencement of another
Temple, which shall stand as a monument of the architectural
skill of the age in which we live, and worthy of the institution
for whose service it shall be erected."
We sincerely sympathise with our Companions in their mis-
fortune, and heartily endorse the wish that another temple,
u more glorious and beautiful than the first," will soon rise on
the ruins of the old building.
The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were both
The fifteenth Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was
held in the Masonic Hall, Detroit, on the 11th January, 1864 —
Most Excellent Companion B. Porter, G. II. P., presiding, and
R. E. Companion J. E. Johnson, Grand Secretary. Twenty-
nine Chapters were represented, being the full number on the roll,
and three new ones received warrants. The returns show one
thousand five hundred and ninety-four members, three hundred
and ninety-nine exaltations, seven expelled, and twenty-one
deaths. Receipts of year $1,513.
In his address, the G.H.P. alludes to the want of uniformity
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 1865. 379
in work in the subordinate Chapters, and suggests the propriety
of adopting the ritual oped by several old ones, or compelling all
to use that authorized by Grand Chapter. We think the latter
the more correct course. During the year the <i. II. P. visited
every Chapter in his jurisdiction except two, which doubtless
operated very beneficially, and produced increased interest
amongst the members. Were it possible to do the same in other
jurisdictions, like advantages could be depended on. He thus
reprehends the unmasonic custom of peddling so-called " keys to
the work" : —
" It pains me to bring to your notice a practice which has
gained some prevalence in this State, of making a matter of
barter and sale of what are termed keys to the ivorlc. I believe that
this is done with no intention to wrong the Craft, or to lead it
astray in forbidden paths ; but such is the result, and already I find
the evil creeping in and undermining some of our fairest temples.
This should be checked, and if a Companion will so far forget
his duty to the craft or his obligations to himself as to engage
in this traffic, he should be met, first with remonstrance, and then
with prohibition by this Grand body."
The G. H. P. closes his address with the following passage,
which is commendable for its excellence and beauty : —
" During the year just closed, harmony has prevailed
throughout our borders, while in other States discord and
confusion have kept the workmen from the temple, and shattered
those already roared. Within our own, willing hands and true
hearts have united in building structures worthy of the royal
art. The storm which has spread desolation over a portion of
our union, has reached us only as the waves breaking on a
distant shore ; fragments of wrecks reaching us occasionally, but
leaving us in the main untouched."
The Committee on Foreign Correspond w the action
of twelve Grand bodies — Canada not included. \n closing the
report, they confidently hope to be soon again in fraternal
communication with all their sister Grand Chapters ; " that the
erring m^y return to their duty, from which they have so madly
twerved, and that peace, love and unity once restored, may
380 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
never again be dissevered." All true Royal Arch Masons will
cordially re-echo this sentiment ; but our Companions of
Michigan should remember, in dealing with the erring, that
" there be these three — faith, hope and charity, but the greatest
of these is charity."
The Committee on "work" reported in favor of compelling alt*
Chapters to adopt the Grand Chapter ritual, under penalty of
losing their charters, for any violation of the rule. The Com-
mittee on " keys," reported against their circulation or sale, any
infraction of which to be visited with suspension or expulsion.
Both reports were adopted.
The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were both
Another Convocation of this Grand body was held in the same
city on the 9th January, 1865, with the same Grand Officers in
attendance. The entire thirty-two Chapters on the roll were
represented, which is highly creditable to them, and strongly
contrasts with the indifference to this duty shown by too many
subordinates in other jurisdictions. Four Chapters are working
under dispensatiou. The thirty-six return two thousand and
seventy-two members ; five hundred and forty-five exaltations ;
two expulsions, and thirty deaths. Receipts, $1,804.
The address of the G. H. P. is thoroughly practical, but
relates almost entirely to local business and official acts. He
declines re-election after three years service, and on retiring,
receives cordial thanks for his ability and zeal, and $150 to cover
expenses incurred in his visitations.
The Foreign Correspondence Committee review, in an able
and candid manner, the proceedings of seventeen Grand Chapters
— Canada for 1863-4 included. The records of Michigan are
carefully collated and neatly printed.
M. E. Comp. E. Sprague was elected Grand High Priest, and
the Grand Secretary was re-elected.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 18G5. 881
The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was convened
at St. Louis, on the 17th May, 18G5. M. E. Comp. I. A. H.
Lampton, G-. H. P., presiding, and R. E. Comp. A. O'Sullivan,
Grand Secretary. Thirteen Chapters were represented, out of
twenty-two on the roll, and five made no returns. The statistics
show eight hundred and thirty-four members ; one hundred and
seventy-four exaltations ; two expulsions, and eleven deaths.
The address of the G. H. P. is so well conceived and
beautifully written, that your Committee beg to submit the
following copious extract, feeling that it pictures a state of things
unfortunately too prevalent in other jurisdictions as well as
Missouri : —
" The rites of Royal Arch Masonry pre-suppose a fitness for
the Art, a zealous devotion to the tenets of our Order, and also
considerable proficiency in the symbolic degrees. It is necessary
to adhere .strictly to these tests of eligibility in disseminating
them, else, experience has abundantly taught us, a Babel of
tongues and discord are the only results. Instead of scattering
discord and confusion, it is the province of Masonry to build up
in waste places, and ' make crooked things straight.' Laudable
exertions to advance the interest of the Order may sometimes be
misapplied, when the tendency is to increase the laborers at the
risk of retarding the progress of the work. The structure may
be grossly encumbered with material «rhich will not stand the
test of the square — fit only to be thrown aside amongst the
rubbish. The prevailing desire should be, to select the BEST
material, not to collect the greatest amount of it ; to observe and
preserve all that may be found worthy ; and emulation should
point to the enterprise of work well done, rather than to a great
deal of work.
"In no branch of Masonry are duties more clearly defined,
or more impressively illustrated, than in the Chapter degrees,
and every well-informed and truly zealous Mason will under-
stand that it is better to avoid the unworthy than peril the
usefulness of the Order by indiscriminate extension. There are
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now too many of its professors who cannot prove themselves
Masons ; ignorance of the work and lectures is painfully apparent,
of which, very often only faded outlines linger in the memory of
those who claim the right of visiting a Chapter — a most
humiliating commentary on the profession of fervency and zeal
which should characterize Companions. This originates from
two causes — the cry of Chapters for work, and the rage of
aspirants for degrees ; too much work for the good of the
Chapter, and more degrees than the recipient has time to digest,
or the ability to comprehend. He is innocent of light and
knowledge ; makes all the capital he can for the money expended,
and professes Royal Arch Masonry without having imbibed its
first principles. The Chapter has had hard work ; added a few
dollars to its treasury, and sent an ignorant Mason abroad to cast
reproach upon its labor whenever he applies to visit.
" The rage for Masonic mysteries was never more dangerous
to the Order than at present; and the peril is enhanced by
Masonic bodies themselves exhibiting a disposition to encourage
this unhealthy and inordinate desire. It has become a mania,
and, in some localities, the Order has become transformed into
an asylum for the special treatment of the disease. The
malady is blindness ; the remedy light ; but the hospital patient
The G. H. P. also condemns in strong terms the "roving
commissions, or Dispensations granted to certain Companions for
the establishment of Military or Field Chapters." He says :
" These Chapters move from one jurisdiction to another — first to
Kentucky, next to Tennessee, then to Mississippi, as the armies
advance, making Royal Arch Masons of citizens of Missouri and
other jurisdictions, where, for the time, the regiment or brigade
having this roving commission may be stationed. This is wrong,
and an unauthorized invasion of jurisdictions having grand and
subordinate Chapters of their own. There can be no possible
excuse for such flagrant violation of all the laws of Masonic
comity, and that brotherly regard which should influence the
Companions of the several jurisdictions."
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A Special Committee also reported on this subject, when it
Resolved, — " That persons professing- to have been made Royal
Arcli Masons in these Field or Military Chapters, should not be
recognized as such by regular Companions of this jurisdiction ;
and that citizens of Missouri, so made, should be treated as
clandestine, and dealt with accordingly.*'
An excellent report on Foreign Correspondence was presented
by Comp. O'Sullivan, who reviews the transactions of fourteen
Grand Chapters — Canada, for 1864, included. He pays a
flattering compliment to the Canadian report, and courteously
summarises its contents. The opinion expressed by the G. IT. P.
of Kentucky, that " Masonry is not religion," is combatted with
much ability, and powerful arguments are adduced in support of
tin- opposite view. We regret our inability to quote thesi
they well deserve reproduction, but space forbi< ;
The condition of Capitular Masonry, in Missouri, is thus epi-
tomised by the G. H. P. : — " Although it has not advanced much
during the past year, it has stood firm and unshaken ; its bond
of faith" has been held inviolate, and its sacred places respected."
M. E, Comp. T. E. Garrett was elected Grand Hie.h IV
and R. E. Comp. A. O'Sullivan, Grand Secretary.
The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held at
Concord, on the 8tli June, 1863. M. E. Comp. Samuel M.
Wilcox, G. H. P., presiding, and R. E. Comp. H. Chase, Grand
Secretary. Seven Chapters were represented out of eight ; and
the returns show six hundred and sixty-seven members, and
seventy-nine exaltations. The address of the G. II. P. mainly
consists in the expression o!" his opinion in regard to the civil war;
suggestions as to a regular visitation of subordinates by the
Grand Council ; hints in correction of irregularities in transacting
business ; and of a candid acknowledgment that the General
Grand Chapter is a failure for all practical good, " the last ten
years of its existence only producing wordy contention and strife
too sharp and bitter to be Masonic."
384 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
No report appears from the Committee on Foreign Corres-
M. E. Comp. Edward W. Harrington was elected Grand High
Priest, and R. E. Comp. Horace Chase, Grand Secretary.
Another Annual Convocation of this Grand body was held in
the same city, June 6th, 1864 ; the G. H. P., presiding. All the
Chapters were represented. Total membership, seven hundred
and thirty-two ; exaltations, one hundred and four ; receipts,
The address of the G. H. P. is thoroughly practical, and treats
of several subjects of much interest to his own jurisdiction. His
remarks in reference to the attendance of those who have
" wrought long in the quarries," are very opportune. Referring
to one of his official visits, he says : —
" In May last I visited Washington Chapter, one of the oldest
in the State, and found it, as it ever has been, harmonious and
flourishing. The officers were well versed in their duties, and
here also I found quite a number who had long wrought in the
quarries. The presence of such, by their example and experience,
is of great value and assistance to young and inexperienced
Companions in every Chapter ; and let us hope that those who
have for many years trod the rough and rugged paths of life,
may yet be long spared to bless us with their presence and
instruct us by their counsel."
The R. E. G. K. reports visiting two Chapters officially, the
officers of which were rather negligent. He thus alludes to the
subject, and his remarks are so well-timed that your Committee
hope they will not be perused in this jurisdiction without bearing
good fruit : —
" I wish to record my earnest protest against the too frequent
dependance upon and use of rituals during labor. No one should
accept an office in any Masonic body who is unable or unwilling
to devote the requisite attention to a thorough preparation for its
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, J 865. 385
duties j nor should ho shrink from occasional inconvenience, and
sacrifice if necessary, rather than be absent from his station at
regular or special meetings. This disregard of obligations, so
often shown by officers of Chapters, in want of punctuality in
attendance and proficiency in duties, gives our ancient institution
more dangerous wounds in thehouse ofits friends, than it is possible
to inflict by its bitterest enemies."
The report on Foreign Correspondence by Comp. Chase, is an
able digest of the doings of fifteen Grand Chapters ; Canada, for
1863, included. Copious extracts are culled from the latter, and
the introduction by Comp. Curtis is termed " eloquent, patriotic
and fraternal." There is also given a synopsis of the proceedings
of Pennsylvania, a jurisdiction from which we seldom receive
tidings. From this we learn that they do publish an abstract,
but so meagre, that it conveys little or no information of their
progress. The report on Correspondence only gives the names of
sister Grand Chapters and the time of their Annual Convocations.
We hope they will send a copy of their next transactions to our
Grand Scribe E.
The retiring Grand High Priest was re-elected, but declined
serving, when M. E. Comp. J. R. Holbrook was chosen Grand
High Priest, and R. E. Comp. II. Chase, Grand Secretary.
The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of this State
was convened in the Temple Hall, Albany, on the 2d February,
1864 — M. E. Comp. D. A. Ogden, Grand High Priest, presiding,
and R. E. Companion J. 0. Cole, Grand Secretary. Ninety-one
Chapters were represented, including four under dispensation, out
of one hundred and seventy-seven on the roll, being little over half
the number in the jurisdiction. The statistics show four thousand
nine hundred and forty members, six hundred and seventy-nine
exaltations, and $3,078 dues, besides $7,153 invested in stocks.
The address of the Grand High Priest is one of the best we
have read, abounding in noble sentiments from beginning to end.
We are glad to learn from it that " the past year has been one of
unprecedent prosperity to the craft in the State, and that brotherly
386 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA.
love, charity, benevolence and fraternal regard has prevailed,
increased and grown in strength, influence and power." Well
may he use the following beautiful language, when the results
are so inspiriting : — " These facts are both interesting and sug-
gestive ; they exemplify and test the value of Freemasonry.
There must be excellence and virtue in an institution which, in
the midst of events that strain the very foundations of social order,
stands unharmed, and from its nature becomes an element of
strength in upholding good government and sustaining law and
order ; and which also affords an asylum where brotherly love and
kindness may be cultivated, its fruits enjoyed, and turmoil and
strife be forgotten. Such an institution with such inherent virtues
cannot fail to make its votaries better men and better citizens,
and thus promote public happiness and public good."
In announcing the decease of the respected Comp. Wadsworth,
for many years Grand Secretary, and the venerable Salem Town,
Grand Chaplain for over half a century, the Grand High Priest
pays a deserved tribute to their worth and integrity, and suggests
that a monument be placed over their remains, to show that
Masonic condolence is deeper and more heartfelt, than in mere
name or empty resolutions.
Comp. White presented an excellent report on Foreign Cor-
respondence, covering the doings of fifteen Grand Bodies ; Canada
The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were both
Another Annual Convocation was held in the same Hall and
City on the 7th February, 18G5. M. E. Comp. D. A. Ogden,
presided, and ninety-eight out of one hundred and ninety-two
Chapters were represented. The returns from one hundred and
four chapters show six thousand one hundred and fifteen members,
and one thousand three hundred and eighty-three exaltations.
Receipts, $6,325 ; invested $10,807.
The Grand High Priest's address is not quite so diffuse as the
previous one, yet it is as ably written, and conveys much valu-
able information on the working of R. A. Masonry in the Empire
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 3S7
State. He records the same prosperity; and intimates that the
effort to place a monument over the remains of Gomp, 8. Town,
had resulted in $1,500 being subscribed for that purpose, to be
expended under the superintendence of a joint Committee of
Grand Lodge and Chapter.
The following resolution was adopted unanimously, and $3,000
appropriated from Grand Chapter funds, towards carrying out
the laudable object in view : —
" That the erection of a Hall and establishment of an Asylum
for the benefit of aged and indigent Masons, is a measure which
strongly commends itself to the favorable consideration of this
Grand Chapter, and is entitled to its cordial support."
A resolution was also passed requiring the attention of all sub-
ordinate Chapters to the subject, and requesting their contributions.
Comp. White again furnishes the report on Foreign Corres-
pondence, in which he reviews the proceedings of sixteen Grand
Bodies, Canada for 1863-64 included. There is an ability mani-
fested in the preparation of this report highly commendable
to its authors and creditable to the jurisdiction it hails from, both
as regards soundness of reasoning and fullness of analyzation.
The reviewer says of the Canadian report for 1864: " your
Committee cannot but feel gratified by the expression of such senti-
ments, coming as they do from a foreign nation, giving sure
evidence of international comity and good will."
M. E. Comp. Horace S. Taylor was elected Grand High Priest,
and R. E. Comp. J. O. Cole, re-elected Grand Secretary.
The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of this Stat w a
held in the Masonic Hall, St.- Albans, on the 5th of October, 186 1 ;
M. E. Comp. Gamaliel Washburn, Grand High Priest, presiding,
andR. E. Comp. J. B. Hollenbeck, Grand Secretary. Twelve
Chapters were represented out of thirteen on the roll ; and no new
ones reported. The total membership is given at nine hundred and
* six; no exaltations. Receipts, $310.
388 -GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
" The address of the Grand High Priest relates solely to home
affairs. The continuance of the war is lamented ; stable growth in
subordinates is chronicled ; the decease of five worthy Companions
is appropriately announced ; and the hope is expressed that Grand
Chapter may conduct its labors with the accustomed harmony and
with good results tc the craft generally. He closes a well-written
paper thus : —
" While our ranks are being thinned by here and there a broken
column, it becomes us to work while it is day, for soon the *iight
of death will come wherein no man can work. May we be
actuated by high and holy motives, dispensing that charity which
suffereth long and is kind; for charity and prayer are the wings
on which the soul flies to heaven. In all our mutual intercourse
with mankind let us manifest, by our daily walk and deportment,
that we are determined to follow and know the Lord, whom to
know aright is life eternal."
An effort was made to secure concurrence in the permanent
location of the Annual Convocations of this Grand Chapter ; also,
that they be held the day before the Grand Lodge meets; but on a
vote, action was deferred for another year.
Comp. C. F. Dana submitted a concise report on Foreign
Correspondence, reviewing the transactions of fourteen Grand
Chapters, including Canada, for 1863, which is courteously treated
and extracted from.
The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were both re-elected.
In bringing their labors to a close, your Committee cannot omit
expressing their satisfaction at the decided improvements visible in
the proceedings that have passed under their notice. They refer
more particularly —
1st. To the general increase in work and membership in nearly
2nd. To the improved tone and kindlier spirit pervading the
various addresses of the chief officers in reference to their national
EIFHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PEESCOTT, 18G5. 389
3rd. To the gratifying decline in legislation on many questions
that had much better remain undisturbed and untinkered ; and
4th. To the judicious determination shown to deal summarily
with mercenary ritual peddlers, whose detestable rubbish should
be spurned by all true craftsmen wherever offered for sale.
These healthful indications are bright harbingers of future good to
our time-honored Order, the influence of which will be materially
promoted by steadily following up the action so well begun.
Let our rulers and companions never forget that Masonry, unlike
the many ephemeral organisms which have briefly existed and then
perished, needs not the same doctoring and manipulation — that it
has withstood the shocks of ages, and the ruthless persecutions of
bigotry and fanaticism ; and that, as our venerated forefathers
handed it down to us in purity and perfection, so should we
jealously guard it from empirical innovation, and transmit it to
the latest posterity in all its pristine grandeur. May this desire
ever animate them, till at last we shall all convene together in the
Grand Chapter above.
All which is fraternally submitted.
Chairman Committee For. Cor.
Committee Room, Grand Chapter, Canada,
Prescott, August, A. I., 2395.
St. GEORGE'S CHAPTER, No. 5, LONDON.
Arthur Wallace. N. P. D.
Comp. DUGALD McINNES.
" GEOROE C. CHALMERS.
THE HIRAM CHAPTER, No. 3, HAMILTON.
Comp, REV. R. FLOOD.
" PATRICK J. DUNN.
St. GEORGES CHAPTER, No. 5, LONDON.
Comp. HENRI B. HOPKINS, 4th July, 18G4.
" DANIEL MURRAY, March, 1864.
KING SOLOMON'S CHAPTER, No. 8, TORONTO.
Comp. THOS. A. MULKINS, 1st January, 18G5.
CATARAQUI CHAPTER, No. 12, KINGSTON.
Comp. WILLIAM BURNESS.
WAWANOSH CHAPTER, No. 15, SARNIA.
Comp. ZENAS REYNOLDS, 23rd April, 1864.
" EDWARD ROBINSON, 4th Nov., 1864.
DORCHESTER CHAPTER, No. 17, WATERLOO.
Comp. ORIN AVERY, 28th October, 1864.
OXFORD CHAPTER, No. 18, WOODSTOCK.
Comp. EDWARD BACON, 4th March, 1865.
GRENVILLE CHAPTER, No. 22, PRESCOTT.
Comp. GEO. W. POWELL, 31st March, 1864.
" ISAAC LEMON, 2nd June, 1865.
EZRA CHAPTER, No. 23, SIMCOE.
Bro. F. DUTTON, Mark Master, 1st July, 1864
TECUMSEn CHAPTER, No. 21, STRATFORD.
Comp. JOSEPH M. DESJARD1N.
« WILLIAM NOON.
MOUNT HOREB CHAPTER, No. 25, MONTREAL.
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From A.D., 1857 to 1899, 1
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
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EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 1 805. .;.'.»
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RENDERED A. D., 1805.
No. 1.— ANCIENT FRONTENAC CHAPTER KINGSTON
Established — A.D., 1795.
Stated Meetings — third Tuesday in FcVry, May, An ft & Nov'r.
R. E. Comp. S. D. Fowler, Z
V. " " Alex. S. Kirkpatrick, II
Geo. M. Wilkinson, J
■' W. P. Phillips, Scribe E
Numbers of Members 43
No. 2.— THE HIRAM CHAPTER, HAMILTON.
Established— A. D., 1820.
Stated Meetings— first Monday of every month.
V. E. Comp. John S. Henderson, Z
" " Joseph J. Curran, H
David Gillies, J
" James Gay, Jr., Scribe E
Number of Members 4G
ESTABLISHED— A.D., 1847.
Stated Meetings— third Wednesday in Jan., April, July and Get
E. Comp. W. P. McMaster, Z "
V. u u James Jackson, II
" " John Paterson, J
* James Bain, Scribe N
Number of Members 87
396 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
No. 5.— St. GEORGE'S CHAPTER LONDON.
Stated Meetings —fourth Friday in Feb., May, August and Nov.
M.E.Comp. Thomson Wilson, Z
" " John B. Smyth, H
" " Thomas Westlakc, J
" T. F. McMullen, Scribe E
Number of Members 30
No. 6.— St. JOHN'S CHAPTER, HAMILTON.
Stated Meetings— second Thursday of every month,
R.E. Comp. John W. Murton, Z
Benj. E,. Charlton, H
" " James Richmond, J
" William Turnbull, E
Number of Members 42
Stated Meetings— first Tuesday of every month.
R.E. Comp. Marcellus Crombie, Z
<f " " Edmond J. Sisson, H
" Donald Moodie, J
F. G. Meacham, Scribe E
Number of Members 64
No. 8.— KING SOLOMON'S CHAPTER, TORONTO.
Established — A.D., 1857.
Stated Meetings— first Thursday of every month.
R.E. Comp. James Adams, Z
V." " Samuel' McConkey, H
" •' Augustus T. Houel, J
" ■ George R. Hamilton, Scribe E
Number of Members 53
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PBKaOOTT, L865. ,V.'T
BUSHED — A. I)., 1858.
Stated Meetings— Tuesday on or "before fuU moon, in March, June,
September and .December.
E. Comp. H. J Martin, Z
" " W. S. Foster, II
" " B. H. Si .)
C. II. Kathan, Scribe E
\ umber of Members 37.
No. 12.— CATARAQU1 CHAPTEB, KINGSTON.
Established, A.D., 1850. — Affiliated, A.D. 1850.
Staled Meetings — second Monday in February, May, August
RUE. Comp. Henry Dumble, Z
" " " John V. Noel, IT
'- " John N. Glidden, J
" A. Fiimeinore, Scribe E
Number of Members 21
No. 13— STADACOXA CHAPTER, QUEBEC.
Established, A.D., 1S54. — Affiliated, 1859.
Stated Meetings — second Thursday in Jan., April, July and Oct.
V.E. Comp. Thomas Lambert, Z
" " Charles Joncas, jr., H
" Heber Buclden, J
William Budden, Scribe E
Number of Members 65
No. 14.— BEDFORD DISTRICT CHAPTEB, DUNHAM.
.: :;. I — A.D., 1859.
Stated Meetings— Tuesday preceding full moon of every month.
E. Comp. David Browne, Z } No Return
11 " Rev. Joseph Scott, II > since
•' " William M. Pattison, J ) formation.
Number of Members 10
398 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA.
No. 13.— WAWANOSH CHAPTER, SARNIA.
Established — A.D., 1859.
Stated Meetings— second Friday in Jan., April, July and Oct.
V.E. Comp. William M. Jamison, Z
'• Hugh Black, H
" " T. Blair Pardee, J
E. R. Jones, Scribe E
Number of Members 16
No. 16.— CARLETON CHAPTER, OTTAWA.
Established A.D., 1859.
Stated Meetings — second Wednesday in March, June, Sept. & Dec.
E. Comp. J. P. Featherston, Z
" " Henry A. Sims, H
" Thomas C. Clarke, J
" Fred. Marett, Scribe E
Number of Members 43
No- 17.— DORCHESTER CHAPTER, WATERLOO.
Established — A.D., 1860.
Stated Meetings— first Thursday of every month.
R.E. Comp. H. L. Robinson, Z
« " W. A. Taylor, H
" W. J. Johnstone, J
George H. Allen, Scribe E
Number of Members 39
No. 18— OXFORD CHAPTER, WOODSTOCK.
Established — A.D., 1860.
Stated Meetings — first Friday of every month
V.E. Comp. George Forbes, Z
" " John Turquand, H
" " Jordan Charles, J
" Charles L. Beard, Scribe E
Number of Members 29
EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESOOtT, 1865. 390
No. 19.— .MOUNT MORIAB CHAPTEB, St, CATHARINES
E2st>&slx8hxb — A. I)., 1 861
Stated Meetings— Friday on or after fall moon of every month.
V. E. Comp. Wm. McGhie, Z
Samuel G. Dolson, H
u " Henry Carlisle, J
" " David Robeson, jr. Scribe E
Number of members • : . 53
No. 20.— MOUNT IIOREB CHAPTER, P.RANTFORD.
Stated Meetings— first Wednesday of every month.
R.E. Comp. David Curtis, Z
11 " G. W. Lcthbridge, H
'■< " J.Taylor, J
" A. Robertson, Scribe E
Number of Members 21
No. 21.— CARNARVON CHAPTER, MONTREAL.
Stated Meetings— third Thursday in Feb., May, Aug., and Nor,
R.E Comp. Alex. A. Stevenson, Z
" " " Isaac H. Stearns, H
Arthur R. Sowdon, J
" Francis M. Sowdon, Scribe E
Number of Members 39
No. 22.— CRENVILLE CHAPTER, PRESCOTT.
Established — A.D., 1861.
Stated Meetings — first Wednesday in Jan., April, July and Oct.
E. Comp. William H. Brouse, Z
" " Alex. G. Macdonell, II
" Richey Waugli, J
4< Matthew Dowsley Scribe E
Number of Members 20
400 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA.
No. 23.— EZRA CHAPTER, SIMCOE.
Established — A.D., 1861.
Stated Meetings — second Wednesday of every month.
V.E. Conip. John Clarke, Z
" " John Williamson H
" ki John Wilson, J
Number of Members 11
No. 24.— TECUMSEH CHAPTER, STRATFORD.
Established — A.D., 1863.
Stated Meetings — last Wednesday of every month.
R.E. Comp. Charles Kahn, Z
Thos Matheson, H
" " Thos. Winter, J
" Thos. Miller, Scribe E
Number of Members 33
No. 25.— MOUNT HOREB CHAPTER, MONTREAL.
Stated Meetings — second Wednesday of every month.
R.E. Comp. Thos. Milton, Z
" " Henry Henderson, H
" «« Robt. P. McGinnis, J
" J. T. M. Burnside, Scribe E
Number of members 33
U.D.— ST. MARK'S CHAPTER, TRENTON.
Established — A. D., 1865.
Stated Meeting — second Wednesday of every month
E. Comp. H. W. Delaney, Z
" " H. W. Day, H
" " W. Bleasdell, J
" Peter Begg, Scribe E
Number of members 11
LIST OF GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTERS,
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UAMES AND RESIDENCES OF THEIR GRAND SECRETARIES.
England Win. Gray Clarke . . London.
Scotland L. Mackcrsy Edinburgh
Inland Hon. Geo. Handcock Dublin.
Alabama Daniel Sayre Montgomery
Arkansas James W. Finley . . Little Rock.
California L. C. Owen San Francisco.
Connecticut E. G. Storer New Haven.
Florida John B. Taylor .... Tallahassee.
Georgia B. B. Russell Augusta.
Indiana William Hacker . . . Shelbyvillc.
Illinois H. G. Reynolds .... Springfield.
Iowa W. B. Langridgc . . . Muscatine.
Kentucky Phillip Swiggert . . . Frankfort,
Louisiana Samuel M. Todd. . . New Orleans.
Maine Ira Berry Portland.
Maryland W. Morris Smith . . Washington, D. C.
Massachusetts Thomas Waterman. Boston.
Michigan J.Eastman Johnson . Centreville.
Minnesota A. T. C. Pierson ... St. Paul.
Missouri A. O'Sullivan St. Louis.
New Hampshire .... Horace Chase Hopkinton.
New York J. 0. Cole Albany.
New Jersey J. Woolverton .... Trenton.
North Carolina Thomas B. Carr . . . Wilmington.
Ohio John D. Cadwcll. . . Cincinnati.
Oregon T. McF. Patten Salem.
Pennsylvania Wm. H. Adams . . . Philadelphia.
Rhode Island Samuel B. Swan... Providence.
South Carolina E. Thayer Charleston.
Tennessee C. A. Fuller Nashville.
Texas A. S. Ruthven .... Galveston.
Vermont JohnB. Hollcnbcck. Burlington.
Virginia John Dove Richmond.
Wisconsin W. T. Palmer Milwaukee.
OFFICERS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER.
Cornp. T. Douglas Harington,
Oliarlcs D. Macdounell,
Thomas Bird Harris,
Isaac H. Stearns,
Alex. S. Kirkpatrick,
John W. Murton,
A. G. Smyth,
S. McConkey, .
R. A. Smith,
Stanislaus H. Blondheim,
W. B. Colby,
T. Blair Pardee,
Henry A, Sims,
II. ^ Grand Council.
First As't Sojourner.
Second " "
Dir. of Ceremonies-
Gil AND SUPERINTENDENTS OF DISTRICTS.
Coinp. Charles Kahn London District.
" David Curtis Wilson "
" James Seymour Hamilton "
" James Adams Toronto "
S. D. Fowler Central
" Thos. Milton Montreal "
" H. L. Robinson EasVn Town'ps "
" James H. Rowan Quebec "
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